A large group of Orthodox Jews set fire to a pile of face masks in Brooklyn on Tuesday night in protest of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID lockdown orders.
Cuomo had warned the Jewish community on Monday not to attend large gatherings, and threatened to shut down their synagogues if they refused to comply, even admitting that would violate their religious liberty.
“I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, ‘If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues.’”
Orthodox Jews gathered anyway in celebration of their week-long holiday Sukkot and in protest of Cuomo and Mayor Mike de Blasio’s lockdown threats, burning a pile of masks in the street.
The NYPD soon arrived and began rounding up Jews for exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and observe their religious holiday.
President Trump even weighed in on the use of force against Jews gathering in protest of Cuomo’s unconstitutional lockdown orders.
“Wow, what does this grim picture remind you of? I am the only thing in the Radical Left’s way! VOTE,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
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