Several remand prisoners on Staten Island are protesting against the NYC vaccine mandate

STATE OF ICELAND, NY – A protest against the New York City vaccine mandate outside the Sanitation garage in New Springville became chaotic Monday night, with several people being taken into police custody after some participants blocked garbage trucks from entering the hub.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the anti-NYC vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville

Scenes from the protest against the New York City vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Jason Paderon)

About 150 people attended the convention, which began around 6 p.m. 6pm in front of Staten Island Garage 2 at 2500 Richmond Ave., opposite Staten Island Mall.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the anti-NYC vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville

John Matland is standing directly in front of a medical vehicle outside the DSNY garage in New Springville on Monday, November 1, 2021, as he protested against New York City’s vaccine mandate. (Staten Island Advance / Jason Paderon)

Attendees included people in the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) uniforms and clothing and several supporters and politicians.

The NYPD set up metal barricades along the street as speakers addressed the assembly, which stretched down Richmond Avenue. Many had American flags and signs referring to “life, liberty and happiness” and “my body, my choice.”

PHOTOS: Scenes from the anti-NYC vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville

Danny Presti is taken into police custody during the protest against the New York City vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Jason Paderon)

John Matland, a former health worker who became an activist, talked about vaccine mandates and how he lost his job to it.

“We are in an important part of the story,” Matland said. “Once they have made us all comply, the next step is our children. If you did not stop it when it was you, then how will you stop it for your children?”

PHOTOS: Scenes from the anti-NYC vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville

Leticia Remauro, the Conservative Party’s candidate for city president, excites the public at the protest against the New York City vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Jason Paderon)

Danny Presti, head of Mac’s Public House, said “it doesn’t take a superhero to make a change” and that keeping the line today makes a difference.

“I’m here to stand side by side with my brothers and sisters with the Department of Sanitation,” Presti said. “Because we do not allow this. I will literally die before I let (the government) take away my freedom.”

Another speaker, Mike, told protesters that it is affecting Staten Island and that it is the United States as a whole that is facing divisions.

“It’s not about the vaccines, it’s about our freedom of speech being taken from us,” he said. “I’m quitting my job right now because I do not care what happens to me. IM worried about my children. I have a son who is a firefighter. He has been at work for two years. He is part of the fraternity’s biggest job. I told him that as a 25-year-old you chose to get the vaccine. I’m proud of you, you’re a man. But do me a favor that you keep with your brothers in the firehouse, no matter what happens. “

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Protesters line up outside the Sanitation Garage on Richmond Avenue in New Springville to demonstrate against the New York City vaccine mandate on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Kayla Simas)

After many members of the assembly had left, a handful of protesters tried to block sanitary trucks from leaving the garage around 1 p.m. 19.30

Matland stood with his “Join or Die” flag and proudly waved it in the middle of the garage entrance along with Danny Presti in solitude. Many protesters joined them in the middle, while others watched from the side.

Songs of “hold the line” and “USA” could be heard, along with several passersby honking their car horns.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the anti-NYC vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville

Rally organizers Danny Presti and John Matland watch from the team car after being remanded in custody during the protest against the New York City vaccine mandate outside the DSNY garage in New Springville on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Staten Island Advance / Jason Paderon)

Police officers informed the crowd blocking the area from vehicle traffic that charges would be brought against them and they could be charged with disorderly conduct.

Presti, Matland and two supporters could be seen being taken into police custody. It is unclear whether charges have been filed.

Protesters marched across Richmond Avenue, blocking ambulances from moving along Richmond Avenue.

Several politicians could be seen at the meeting when it first started, as well as Staten Island activist Scott LoBaido.

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