Supporters protest outside Mac’s tavern on Staten Island in defiance of COVID restrictions

Supporters protest outside Mac's tavern on Staten Island in defiance of COVID restrictions

Supporters of a New York City bar owner gathered in front of the business Wednesday to protest his arrest this week for flouting coronavirus restrictions and refusing to close down.

주위에 60 people assembled in front of Mac’s Public House in Staten Island after its co-owner Danny Presti was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday night. Many businessesparticularly restaurants and barshave been impacted severely by government-mandated closures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Holding signs, the protesters sangGod Bless Americaand the chorus to Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.

One sign read: “Lock up criminals, not Americans.”

“To me this is a revolution,” Christine Salica of Westerleigh, a make-up artist who has been out of work since March, 말했다 Staten Island Advance. “[정부. 앤드류] Cuomo and his legislators are collecting our paychecks and they are putting us out of work.”

Presti is scheduled to appear on “오늘 밤 터커 칼슨” ...에서 8:30 오후. ET Wednesday.

The bar has been fined thousands as it continues serving patrons inside and operating past the 10 오후. curfew for restaurant service that Cuomo imposed citywide.

Plainclothes New York City Sheriff’s deputies were inside the bar on Tuesday and ordered food in exchange for a mandatory $ 40 donation. Uniformed deputies then entered and issued tickets for city and state violations.

Presti, 34, was uncooperative and was charged with obstruction of governmental administration in addition to the charges stemming from unauthorized food and beverage service, the sheriff said.

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“We are a community,” Presti told the crowd outside the tavern. “We take back Staten Island tonight. We take all the states back. This is how we take our country back.”

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