Hundreds of anti-vaccine mandate protesters came out at the Barclays Center — the home of the Nets — in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday in support of star player Kyrie Irving who is refusing to get vaccinated in order to play.
As we previously reported, the team has said that Irving wouldn’t be allowed to play or practice with the team until he is vaccinated. New York City requires people to be vaccinated inside indoor venues like the Center, and the team is banning him from playing any game, even road games, until he complies and gets vaccinated.
The huge crowd chanted “no vaccine mandate” and “stand with Kyrie.” Some held similar signs. There were also Gadsden flags present.
It got pretty wild. The crowd pushed through the barricades in front of the center, right up to the door, shouting “Let Kyrie play” and “My body, my choice.”
The protesters weren’t able to get in, but there was a lot of pushing of the barricades against each other, between the two sides.
“Barclays Center briefly closed its doors today in order to clear protestors from the main doors on the plaza and ensure guests could safely enter the arena,” venue officials said in a statement.
“Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule,” the statement said.
There were also Black Lives Matter New York folks there, led by Hawk Newsome. His group is not affiliated with the national BLM organization.
“We should not be forced to put anything in our bodies that we do not want,” he argued.
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French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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