(TargetLiberty.org) – On Sunday violence erupted among a group of counterprotesters and protesters outside the official residence of Eric Adams, the New York City Mayor, as protesting groups had gathered to oppose the opening of a migrant shelter on Staten Island.
Curtis Sliwa the founder of Guardian Angels called for Adams to provide housing for asylum seekers and migrants at Gracie Mansion rather than having them moved across the five boroughs. Adam had promised before to use the official residence of the mayor for housing migrants but he later backtracked.
Footage from outside Gracie Mansion has captured the moment when counterprotesters started to fight with the other group, who was calling them “Antifa.” In a statement to Fox News Digital, Sliwa stated that Antifa had spent the entire weekend sending texts and emails and claiming that they were going to “smash the xenophobes” including both her and the New York mayor.
In the video, Sliwa can also be seen telling protesters that they needed to stay behind the police barricade which was meant to keep them protected and safe as the two groups were fighting. NYPD officers brought a number of people into custody, with Sliwa, 81, being one of the five people who were arrested. She along with another man, 80, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. A 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were also charged with assault, while the latter was also charged with resisting arrest.
This protest was a result of the recent plans to transform St. John Villa Academy, a former school in Staten Island into a migrant shelter.
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