Demonstrators demanded an end to the "great reset" they alleged was being pushed by those in power, and the abolition of the World Health Organization. A number of groups also brought attention to other region-specific human rights abuses.
There was a heavy security presence outside the UN headquarters on 1st Avenue, thus most protestors held their marches on 2nd. Some, however, set up signs within view of the building.
Among them were activists calling on world leaders to punish Iran for the atrocities committed by the Islamic regime. On September 16, 2022, a young woman named Mahsa Amini was killed by the so-called "morality police," igniting a wave of protests that are still ongoing. In the months since, countless other Persian protestors have been murdered by the regime.
Both within Iran and in diaspora communities across the world, Persians have been united in their desire to see revolution bring down the Islamic government.
Nearby, a number of people took part in a protest organized by the New York Freedom Rally, a grassroots movement whose goal is to put an end to government control over peoples' bodies, and promote health autonomy.
"NO GREAT RESET!" read a banner held by two protestors, one of whom wore a shirt stating, "We will not comply."
Over on 2nd Avenue, dozens marched carrying signs warning about everything from vaccines to Agenda 2030, the UN's plan to combat climate change.
The main target of their ire, however, was the WHO.
"Hey hey, ho ho, WHO's got to go!" they chanted as they made their way down the sidewalk.
A second day of protests are expected outside the UN headquarters on Wednesday, organized once again by the New York Freedom Rally.
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