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N.J. firefighters, police unions protest Newark vaccine mandate

A firefighter attends an emergency on scene. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 5:33 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Residents of Newark, New Jersey are protesting against vaccine mandates imposed by Democrat Mayor Ras Baraka on municipal workers. On Wednesday, hundreds of people rallied outside the Newark City Hall saying forced vaccinations with experimental jabs are illegal and morally questionable.

The demonstration was spearheaded by Newark firefighters and police unions. Protesters argued the mayor has no authority to fire workers based solely on their refusal to get the vaccine.

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“This isn’t about vaccination, this is about being bullied,” stressed the general president of the International Association of Firefighters, Edward Kelly. “All we’re asking you to do is sit down across the table and treat us like adults.”

Protesters added people must be able to make their own decisions about vaccinations.

Meanwhile, Baraka said the mandate was “about protecting the health and well-being of our municipal team, their families, as well as the residents and visitors they come into contact with.”

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