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Weeks after condemning Jewish funeral in NYC, de Blasio shows up with thousands for George Floyd memorial

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Just weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened New Yorkers over crowded funerals that violated coronavirus orders, thousands were allowed to pack into a memorial service for George Floyd.

And that public gathering in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, with social distancing impossible to enforce or observe, followed days of protests in New York City where thousands expressed their anger, often without face masks, over the death of Floyd last week in Minneapolis.

The Floyd memorial rally held on Thursday saw thousands crowded together to pay tribute to the 46-year-old man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee against his neck for several minutes during an arrest. Floyd’s brother attended the crowded rally and was greeted with cheers and chants by thousands.

The memorial was followed by a march of thousands across the Brooklyn Bridge.

But the scenes unfolded in a city that is still not scheduled to begin the first phase of its reopening until June 8.  The latest report from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office showed New York City had over 204,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as it continues to recover from being the ground zero of the pandemic in the U.S.

While police in the city have been ordered to enforce curfews after days of violent protests turned to looting, arson and attacks against law enforcement, it seems the COVID-19 orders have been all but forgotten, sparking renewed criticism of the lockdown hype.

The “Jewish community” was issued a warning by de Blasio back in April, threatening arrests for public gatherings following a funeral held for a rabbi in the Williamsburg neighborhood which drew the ire of the Democrat mayor.

“When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus,” the mayor tweeted at the time.

Another Jewish funeral held in Brooklyn in early May was broken up by police and protesters pushing for New York to reopen just a few weeks ago were arrested for not obeying social distancing guidelines.

The mayor had already come under fire for the botched handling of the pandemic in the city, and is now facing more backlash for both the out of control rioters amid the Floyd protests, as well as actions by the police to deal with the crowds.

Needless to say, de Blasio was not a welcome face in the packed Floyd memorial on Thursday.

Frieda Powers


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