May 9, 2020 | 7:41pm | Updated
Nine protesters pushing for the Empire State to reopen from its coronavirus lockdown were busted Saturday afternoon outside City Hall, for not obeying social distancing guidelines, sources told The Post.
The nine were among about 20 who rallied at Park Row and Spruce Street, holding signs that read, “Not Afraid to Fight” and “Reopen NY” sources said. Some of the protesters were not wearing a mask or face covering, a witness said.
Cops arrived at around 2 p.m. and arrests were made at around 2:30 p.m. Those arrested were driven from the scene in an NYPD vehicle, but were eventually were issued summonses and released, an NYPD spokesman said.
Freelance photographer Jimin Kim, who was at the scene, said some protesters held American flags and wore “Trump” baseball caps.
“This isn’t Germany!” one yelled during the protest.
The arrests come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state’s stay-at-home lockdown until at least June 7.
According to NYPD data, 374 summons “for violations of emergency procedures and acts liable to spread disease” were issued between March 16 and May 5.
[Included in those arrested were two freelance journalists who were NOT protesters!]