MANHATTAN – Counter protesters clashed with a group of roughly fifty white supremacists who had gathered outside of Gracie Mansion on Saturday afternoon to protest against all Covid-19 vaccinations.
After sundown, the group of counter protesters— clad in all black— interrupted the featured speaker, infamous white supremacist influencer and podcaster Nicholas Fuentes.
Hurling a dozen sonic personal protection alarms from within the darkness inside Carl Schurz Park, the counter protesters shouted “fuck you” as a dozen of the egg shaped devices shrieked with a brain-piercing noise that agitated the crowd of mostly white men in their twenties— who are not from New York City— gathered on East End Avenue.
“Fuck Antifa! Fuck Antifa!” the crowd clad in blue ‘America First’ hats roared back at their opponents ready for a fight. Some picked up the sonic alarms, trying to turn them off— others used their boots to smash them in the street.
NYPD officers were seen investigating in the area where the devices were thrown from shorty after— a couple dozen offers were already on scene near East 87th Street in preparation for Saturday’s event.
The crowd of white supremacists continued their rally after the disruption— closely listening to Mr. Fuentes spout off absurd vaccination conspiracy theories and disinformation, hanging on every word.
Fuentes touched on anti-vaxxer talking points even the so-called ‘anti-mandate’ find too extreme— including claims the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines are experimental gene therapy, and that Covid-19 virus is not as deadly as officials claim.
These are outright lies.
Fuentes also told the crowd the police officers of the NYPD would be forced to round them up and force them to be vaccinated, to which the crowd pleaded to the officers “Don’t do it!”– as if the dangerous disinformation was scripture.
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“Christ is King! Christ in King!” the crowd broke in to spontaneous chants multiple times.
The testosterone-fueled crowd of alt-right frat boys then turned on the reporters and photographers there to document the event— chanting “Fuck Journos” over and over.
One so-called ‘Groyper’— the term Fuentes’ following uses for themselves online— threw stink bombs at the feet of journalists, apparently too dumb to know that stink bombs don’t work outdoors.
“I’m Nick Fuentes and this is my city now!” the white supremacist leader declared.
“This City belongs to the Groypers!”
An hour earlier, when Fuentes arrived, he was greeted gleefully by the Groypers— fans devoted to the white supremacist’s ‘America First’ fringe-internet live-streaming show— star struck by a man who the Anti-Defamation League says has makes “racist and antisemitic comments under the guise of being provocative and ironic.”
The ADL says Nicholas Fuentes grew as a popular far-right white supremacist organizer after claiming he received threats as a college student for attending the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017.
Two dozen activists stood watch over the Black Lives Matter Memorial inside Carl Schurz Park— near East 86th Street— during the anti-vaccination rally, there to protect the sacred space from any threats that my be luring.
Ultimately, the skirmish involving the sonic alarms was the only significant confrontation.
Neighbors leaving Carl Schurz Park after walking their dogs could be heard thanking the activists for coming to look out for their neighborhood.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State Department of Health, Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control say all three approved Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective— they all recommend everyone who is eligible, receive the shot to protect themselves and the public.