A group of business owners in Buffalo, New York gathered last weekend to organise their resistance to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Covid-19 restrictions in the city.
The meeting, which police and health authorities came to shut down after an anonymous tip-off, was attended by over one hundred business owners who plan to stay open in the northern New York city of Buffalo despite Cuomo’s plan for a harder lockdown.
Attendees argued with both the police and health officials that their livelihoods were being decimated because of the restrictions, telling them to leave the building and “get a warrant.”
“I’ve seen clients die because they’ve lost their livelihood,” one man explains. “I’m asking for [you guys] to have some compassion for the people that have lost everything.”
“We do have compassion for people who’ve lost everything,” the female health official replies.
“Go get a warrant,” another business owner retorted, “This is private property…This is private property, [you’re] not wanted here.”
“You should all be wearing masks; how come you don’t have masks on?” one of the policemen asked.
“Don’t worry about my health,” the business owner replied, adding “my health isn’t your concern.”
“You have to leave,” another business owner insists, whilst another man says, “You guys need to leave because right now, you’re trespassing without a warrant; you need to leave.”
“[Mass] civil disobedience starts now,” shouts another person.
Chanting “Get out” and “We will not comply”, the business owners cheered when the police and health officials eventually left the gym where the meeting was taking place.