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Demonstrators assembled at a Staten Island food court Saturday to protest New York City’s mandate requiring residents to show proof ofto dine-in at .
Video shot by freelance journalist Oliya Scootercaster shows a diverse crowd of maskless people packed inside a food court at Staten Island Mall.
Many can be seen donningparaphernalia. One man waves an American flag while the crowd chants, "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
"Everybody, go eat! That is what we’re here to do!" shouts one of the protesters.
Once seated in the dining area, the crowd chants, "!" and "My body! My choice!"
"We shouldn't be carrying papers and showing papers because we live in America. We're the land of the free," a female demonstratorScootercaster in an interview.
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"I don't like experiments," the American flag waiverScootercaster. "Whatever happened to ‘my body, my choice?’"
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residents and visitors are required to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, and shows.
touted the city as the first in the nation to take this approach. The city launched the policy – dubbed the " " – on Aug. 16 and began enforcing it on Sept. 13.
Scootercaster posted a follow-up video Sunday chastising the misreporting around her initial videos. She said the crowd did not break through security as some outlets had reported.
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She said the demonstrators were not asked to show vaccine cards, despite a sign at the entrance stating its requirement.
John Matland, 36, who organized the demonstration and runs the Instagram page, "We the People are the News," told Fox News the aim of the protest was to show people that the vaccine mandate is not being enforced.
"There were multiple levels to what we were accomplishing," Matland said. "We were stimulating the economy of the mall, people were going to go shop afterward if they chose to. But specifically, the food court would be getting an influx of money and support. We would be proving that you can't enforce this and that there is no avenue with legal standing to do so and we were showing that if people walked in, sat down, they wouldn't really be stopped. Which we weren't."
Fox News has reached out to Staten Island Mall’s property owner Brookfield Properties and will update accordingly.
Fox Business' Brooke Lewitas contributed to this report.
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