BOSTON — Protestors gathered outside Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Roslindale home early Friday morning, one day before the city’s vaccine mandate goes into effect.
Neighbors in the area told us they woke up to music and bullhorns at 7 a.m.
One neighbor, watching the demonstration, told us he is a veteran who “...respects peoples’ right to protest. I’m just tired. I don’t understand what the tactical or strategic objective is to protesting in this way, because it’s made me less sympathetic to their position, and I’m in a union.”
The protestors are associated with the group, “Boston First Responders United.”
They have been in front of Mayor Wu’s home previously and have made their demands clear by appearing at recent news conferences by the mayor.
Members of the group say the mayor has “trampled on the civil and human rights of every single City of Boston resident, worker and visitor,” according to the group’s website.
“BFRU stands in solidarity with all emergency personnel, teachers, nurses, all labor union workers and every other type of worker in Massachusetts who are being subjected to unethical and illegal terminations,” according to its website.
Mayor Wu was seen leaving her home just before 8 a.m., ahead of a morning radio appearance.
On December 20, 2021, Mayor Wu announced to require vaccination in certain indoor spaces in Boston, including indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment establishments, effective Saturday, January 15th.
The city also announced that it will require vaccination of all city employees on the same timeline “unless granted a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons.” Workers must have at least one vaccine dose by January 15 and a second dose by February 15.
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