New York police arrest 5 amid COVID-19 vaccine mandate protest at Burger King

A Burger King in Brooklyn was the site of an anti-vaccine protest Monday night that sparked a major police response and resulted in five arrests, a report said.

The New York Post reported that a video of the protest circulated online showing maskless participants shouting at employees who did not serve them. The newspaper pointed out that the city mandate requires all diners to show a vaccination certificate.

Some people outside the restaurant shouted “shame on you” to the arresting officers. The NYPD did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after work. The newspaper said the detainees were issued tickets for desk appearances and were charged with intrusion.

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FILE: Vaccine mandate sign at Burger King Fastfood restaurant, Queens, New York.  (Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

FILE: Vaccine mandate sign at Burger King Fastfood restaurant, Queens, New York. (Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
(Lindsey Nicholson / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The scene outside the downtown Brooklyn restaurant is reminiscent of protests that have unfolded in various European cities over COVID-19 passports. These protesters have criticized their governments for dividing the population by banning them from living a normal life without vaccine cards. These governments called the passport necessary.

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FILE: New York police have repeatedly warned protesters to leave the restaurant.  (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

FILE: New York police have repeatedly warned protesters to leave the restaurant. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

COVID-19 cases have increased in New York City thanks to the advent of the omicron variant. Health authorities reported about 22,000 new cases of the virus a day in the week ending Sunday, up from 3,400 a day in the week ending December 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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