What was initially a crowd of hundreds protesting against vaccine mandates and biased media had grown to thousands by 1 p.m. on Saturday in the heart of New York City.

On adjacent corners in Times Square, people of almost all ethnic backgrounds could be seen holding signs demanding “bodily autonomy” and a pro-choice stance with regard to COVID-19 vaccines and mandates, along with statements that suggested their views are being suppressed.

At the main rally site, “trap” music bounced off the buildings of Times Square. The lyrics expressed defiance against vaccine mandates and tyranny as the crowd grew at a pace of about a dozen people per minute. Some passersby scoffed while others looked intrigued.

“Let’s go Brandon!” was chanted, referencing a joke targeting President Joe Biden and legacy media.

The event, “NYC—Broadway Rally For Freedom,” featured a series of speeches, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

The event kicked off with a singer performing a rendition of the National Anthem as people held their hands over their hearts.

Another young lady playing an electroacoustic nylon guitar projected her mellow voice through the microphone, changing the mood into one of pensive hope. After delineating the current situation on vaccine mandates in her lyrics, she prayed to Jesus that people be helped.

Kennedy then took the microphone to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are causing harm to people, and stressed that children should not be given the jab.

“We have no business giving this to children, it’s unethical,” said Kennedy, who was not featured in the event flyer, as people cheered.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said earlier this week that it’s “inevitable” that the vaccine will be permitted for children.

Kennedy said that 17 attorneys general, from “the Democratic Party, my party,” wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday demanding that Kennedy be removed from Facebook.

“They already removed me from Instagram,” he said.

“I have to be very careful in Facebook,” Kennedy said, “I only post pictures of rainbows and unicorns … and this kind of stuff, I don’t say anything about vaccines.”

“I did say things about the vaccines on Instagram, they were all true, I didn’t give any misinformation,” he added. “If you can tell me one piece of misinformation that I’ve put on Instagram, I’d like to hear about it.”

Kennedy praised Facebook’s appeals process, noting, “The judges in that process are law professors from all over the world, very prestigious law professors. I believe that if I got an appeal process there is no chance that I would lose it, because Facebook can’t show a single piece of misinformation I put out there.”

“When they say ‘misinformation,’ it’s a euphemism for any statement that departs from official government pronouncements or claims from the pharmaceutical companies—it has nothing to whether it’s accurate or inaccurate.”

“We have on our advisory board a Nobel laureate, the man who discovered the HIV virus in 1993,” Kennedy added. “We have the former head of the national toxicity program in HHS, the No. 1 expert in the world in toxicity. We have 312 Ph.D. scientists and physicians, and if I were spouting misinformation, they would not stay on our site. The reason they stay there is because every statement that we make is cited from a government database or to a peer-reviewed publication. They cannot point to a single inaccurate statement that we make.”

Then he turned to the subject of individual liberty.

“Here’s what’s happened in the Constitution over the last year. First of all, the First Amendment is gone.

“And what does that mean? That you have Democrats out there who are saying, ‘We gotta get rid of the First Amendment. We gotta get rid of freedom of speech. We can’t let people talk and criticize pharmaceutical companies and criticize government policies.’ That’s why we have the First Amendment, so that Americans can criticize their government when they disagree with it.

“What does it mean when you no longer believe in the First Amendment? It means that you no longer believe in democracy, you no longer believe that the people can be trusted. You no longer believe that facts are gonna triumph—the best facts—in the marketplace of ideas, in the furnace, in the cauldron of debate, which is the whole theory of democracy—that the best policies ultimately arise through that cauldron of debate.”

Source: The Epochtimes