NYC Bar Busted for Defying COVID Restrictions, Patrons Vow Protest

NYC Bar Busted for Defying COVID Restrictions, Patrons Vow Protest

chanting “Hands off Mac’s Public House.”

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A Staten Island bar’s ripping a page from Seattle protesters’ playbook by declaring an “autonomous zone” that’s defying New York’s COVID-19 restrictions … Co-owner of Staten Island bar 'Mac's Public House' arrested after refusing Cuomo covid order to shut downCity released statement: "Covid-19 doesn't respect autonomous zones and neither does the Sheriff…"WATCH ARREST HERE:— TalkRadio 77 WABC (@77WABCradio) December 2, 2020

As Presti was being hauled out of his pub, a dozen or so patrons gathered outside in protest … Andrew Lanza showed up in an attempt to play peaceful mediator between Presti’s lawyer, angry supporters and the authorities … and its patrons seem willing to go down fighting. while also trying to get an explanation why Presti was arrested. Sheriff’s deputies raided Mac’s Public House and shut it down Tuesday night for defying coronavirus health orders … As the unrest grew outside the bar, State Sen. Referring to the government, he shouted, “If they fear you, they won’t f**k with you!!!”

Things definitely could get interesting tonight in Staten Island, which by the way … it was continuing to serve customers indoors. Play video content


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The guy posted his call to action as the raid was going down, pointing out what he feels is the hypocrisy of the new lockdown rules, and says he wants a thousand people lined up in front of Mac’s to protest. is a state-designated coronavirus hot spot. One of the owners, Danny Presti, was arrested for not cooperating during the raid — and his loyal customers are pissed. Gallery

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Getty It doesn’t seem like it came to a satisfactory conclusion though, especially for one fan of Mac’s who’s trying to rally a massive demonstration Wednesday night.