Black Lives Matter protesters roamed through Greenwich Village in Manhattan on Thursday night, as state and local authorities continued a crackdown on public religious gatherings in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn, citing the threat of coronavirus.
A video stream of the Black Lives Matter demonstrator showed hundreds of protesters chanting and singing “Black Lives Matter,” and waving transgender and Gay Pride rainbow flags, before marching down the streets of the West Village.
At one point, the crowd marched down Gansevoort Street to an area with restaurants providing outdoor seating, walking among the tables and disrupting the diners. The marchers paused, and began to berate the diners: “Have we interrupted your dinner?”
“Fuck your dinner!” they shouted.
#mostlypeaceful rioters swarmed New York last night. Not wearing masks, but as they weren't Orthodox Jews, they have the blessing of Cuomo and deBlasio
— Gary Weiss (@gary_weiss) October 9, 2020
Some of the marchers wore masks, while others did not.
“You are out here, neglecting black lives!” a speaker shouted through a megaphone at restaurant patrons.
“Know that this interruption, this little inconvenience, will continue to happen until you WAKE UP!”
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to enforce restrictions in Jewish neighborhoods, owing to an uptick in coronavirus infections.
A group of Orthodox Jewish synagogues sued the governor — and were promptly followed by the Catholic diocese of Brooklyn, which filed its own lawsuit.
Cuomo told CNN on Friday morning: “This is not a matter of religious freedom, right? I don’t care if you’re a Roman Catholic, you’re Jewish, you’re Muslim, you’re an atheist, you have to follow the rules of the state, the laws of the state.”
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