Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday night,  Dec. 2, outside a bar in New York City in support of its owner who was jailed for ignoring restrictions imposed by the local government that do not allow merchants to work freely. 

The protesters defended the need to be able to circulate and work freely, and criticized the position of Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, who seek to keep society locked up to the detriment of individual freedoms and work.

The protesters gathered outside Mac’s Public House on Staten Island after its owner, Danny Presti, was handcuffed and jailed Tuesday night, the New York Post reported.

People protest outside of the Mac’s Public House after closed it down amid the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Staten Island, New York, on Dec. 2, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

The bar has been fined thousands of dollars for continuing to serve customers inside and operating after the 10 p.m. curfew Cuomo imposed statewide.

The protest sought to support the thousands of businesses, particularly restaurants and bars, that have been severely affected by the closures demanded by the government under the pretext of preventing the spread of the CCP Virus.

People protest outside of the Mac’s Public House after closed it down amid the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Staten Island, New York, on  Dec. 2, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

Manhattan Republican Party President Andrea Catsimatidis attended the protest and posted a video on her Twitter account saying, “HUNDREDS of patriots have turned out to support the Staten Island bar owner who was arrested for opening under Governor Cuomo’s lockdown! New Yorkers are fighting to take our freedoms back!!!“

In November Cuomo announced extreme measures to prevent the spread of the CCP Virus, including a limit on the number of people allowed to gather in private homes and a ban on opening bars, restaurants, and gyms.

The level of boredom in New York City seems increasingly widespread, especially among merchants who are seeing their businesses, which in many cases took years of sacrifice, go bankrupt and are being destroyed in a few months of pandemic, due to unfounded policies of New York’s Democratic governments, both municipal and state.

As reported by The BL days ago, business owners in New York state rose up against the isolation and closure measures imposed by Cuomo. When Health Department officials entered several establishments to fine the business owners, they drove them off their property. 

Another case that quickly went viral on social networks was that of Robby Dinero, a U.S. military veteran and gym owner from Athletes Unleashed in New York, who received a $15,000 fine by violating a lockdown order during a live appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Nov. 24. 

At the same time, Cuomo faces a long list of lawsuits for violation of the most basic freedoms, filed by gyms, bars, and restaurants, individuals, and also mosques and churches who see religious freedom violated by the inability to attend their meeting and prayer places.