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

A Firefighter attends a emergency on the scene where active shooting is happening in Jersey City on December 10, 2019. - A shooting in a New York suburb not far from the Statue of Liberty left a police officer dead on Tuesday, and reports said several other people may have been killed during two hours of gunfire. The local prosecutor said that one officer was killed and three other people -- two of them police -- had been wounded in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York. Media reports said the Jersey City shooting began when an officer, investigating a homicide, approached the store, which is near a synagogue and a school. Hundreds of rounds were fired in the ensuing shootout. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)

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

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UPDATED 9:41 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 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. Specifically, the International Association of Firefighters General President, Edward Kelly said Mayor Rasbaraka has no right to push these terminations.

“This isn’t about vaccination, this is about being bullied,” he stressed. “All we’re asking you to do is sit down across the table and treat us like adults.”

Kelly pointed out how Gov. Philip Murphy (D-N.J.) gave a reasonable approach to the challenge by giving people the option to be tested if they chose to not take the vaccine. This was later undermined by the mayor’s forced vaccine mandate.

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 municipal team, their families, residents and visitors in the state.

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