President Joe Biden sparked widespread criticism after announcing his latest COVID-19 mandate.
In response, Times Square in New York City was inundated on Saturday with Americans outraged over the new restriction.
According to Fox News, the protest, called the World Wide Rally for Freedom, took place in the nation’s most populated city as well as various locations around the globe.
Violence reportedly broke out at certain rallies, including one in Australia, though there was no indication of such disruptions at the New York City event.
As organizers of the protest explained on their website, the goal was to “push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being push on us.”
The group went on to declare that its adherents would not “accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine” while working to “return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests.”
A slew of images from the New York protest flooded social media timelines as many participants could be seen holding signs and waving American flags. Chants of “freedom over fear,” “my body, my choice,” and even “f*** Joe Biden” could be heard in video clips of the rally.
Dems continue push for vaccine mandates
At one point during the New York City protest, a woman took the stage to declare that she is losing her patience with the president — an apparent callback to Biden’s recent statement that he is losing his patience with unvaccinated Americans.
The president’s newest mandate requires private companies with more than 100 employees to force workers to either receive a vaccine or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests.
Arizona’s attorney general has already launched a legal challenge of the mandate and similar lawsuits are expected to follow, so it remains to be seen if and when the new rules will actually be enforced.
As for New York City, it currently boasts some of the strictest COVID-19 policies in the country.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio recently put in place a requirement that patrons of restaurants, bars, gyms, and certain other businesses in the city prove their vaccination status prior to entry.