‘Go get a warrant!’ Fed-up NY business owners kick out COVID enforcement officials, shout ‘we will not comply!’

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With a number of Democrat-run states beginning to lockdown again in response to a surge in COVID-19, even dictating what people can do in the privacy of their homes ahead of the coming holidays, more and more Americans are getting fed up with the authoritarianism on display.

Nowhere has this been more apparent than at an Orchard Park gym in Buffalo, New York, where a video that has gone viral capturing business owners demanding local  “health inspectors” leave a property.

 

Escorted by deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, officials from the county Health Department showed up at Athletes Unleashed, where over 100 local business owners had gathered to brainstorm ways to get through the Orange Zone lockdown restrictions that just went into effect, WGRZ 2 reported.

With Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, the officials were there to break up the meeting, but it didn’t go well for them as they ran into a wall of defiance, with someone calling out, “This is private property. You’re not wanted here.”

“Go get a warrant,” the officials are told in the video, and the business owners call in the authorities to have some compassion for people who are losing everything they have worked their whole lives for.

Those gathered began chanting “get out, get out,” as the health department officials and deputies exited the gym.

Robby Dinero, a former Marine who owns the gym, told the NBC affiliate he called the meeting as a protest of the harsh restrictions being implemented for a second time.

“I am a local business owner. My business is now shut down for the second time, so I posted on Facebook that anybody that wanted to fight back, any other business owners that wanted to learn how we could fight back against New York State, could join me for a protest at my gym,” Dinero said.

More on the restriction now in place from The Buffalo News:

New York State has shuttered what it describes as “high-risk” businesses, including gyms, barbershops and hair salons in areas of Erie County designated as an “orange zone.” Indoor dining has also been banned at restaurants and bars, which already have to stop serving everything but takeout food by 10 p.m.

 

 

The video was taken by blogger Tim Walton, who also shared comments from one business owner who wished to remain anonymous.

“We are struggling. Our livelihoods have been taken. Our income has been controlled. Our freedoms have been taken away and many of us are about to lose everything we’ve worked for and they want us to sit there and not stand up?” the individual said.

“How can they tell you to close your business, then argue that you can’t even meet to come up with ways to survive — and meanwhile there’s no help from the government and very few elected officials even standing up for businesses and it’s starting to be noticed,” he added.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz commented on the incident Saturday.

“Yeah, I got copies of the videos that were sent out. I know that there was a planned gathering at a location,” he told WBEN. “And then based on our health department rules — and we are supposed to follow, because it was a mass gathering — I believe they went out with sheriff’s deputies to let them know that would be in violation with the rules.”

Poloncarz tweeted a statement Saturday saying a protest was being planned near his home on Sunday, denouncing the “despicable” manner in which people are referring to the restriction in place.

As for defiance, Poloncarz wrote, “If the people behind this planned protest think this will weaken our resolve to protect the public from the Coronavirus they are wrong.”

For what it’s worth, the county executive appeared to endorse doxxing the person who organized the protest.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter capturing the level of frustration people are beginning to experience — it’s noteworthy that the Declaration of Independence is referenced as some fall back on the struggle colonists went through in the lead up to the American Revolution.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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