NYC mayor bans ‘large events’ through end of September – except BLM protests
FILE PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a public memorial in Brooklyn, June 4, 2020 © Reuters / Andrew Kelly
“We understand, at this moment in history, people are talking about the need for historic changes… this is a historic moment of change,” de Blasio said redundantly, even while consigning outdoor concerts and parades to the distant future. No public gatherings larger than a city block will be granted a permit, the mayor announced in a statement published to his administration’s website earlier on Thursday.
However, he appeared to draw a clear distinction between “the kind of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs,” which “we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now” – and “recognizing the power and the meaning of the message Black Lives Matter, which we did in front of Trump Tower today.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the egregious double standard raised hackles far outside New York. Conservative gadfly Mike Cernovich suggested the mayor’s declaration might be fodder for a lucrative First Amendment lawsuit.
“Siri, give me a smoking gun exhibit to include in a first amendment lawsuit brought against New York City.”
Siri: I have your answer. https://t.co/rylTaGA5Ke
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 9, 2020
Deblasio’s dead serious. Disgusting.
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) July 9, 2020
De Blasio was criticized back in March for urging New Yorkers to go out to Broadway shows and parades (before they were all canceled) even as the city became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
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