Seattle saw protests on Monday after the city and state terminated fired an unprecedented number of workers who refused to comply with Governor Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate. The requirement went into effect at midnight on Oct. 18, by which time most people would have had to receive their first shot.
The rally hosted by March For Freedom Washington brought out firefighters, law enforcement officers, nurses, teachers, and bus drivers to Seattle City Hall. The crowd met around noon and people gave their heartbreaking testimonies as to why they chose not to get vaccinated.
Many of those gathered wanted the freedom to make their own medical choices, believing that it should be theirs—and not the governments—decision as to whether or not to take the drug. Some noted their concerns over potential side-effects. For others, it was the concern that mandates set a worrying precedent for the future.
On Sunday, the day before the deadline to submit vaccination status, Seattle police officers who would not comply took a strong stance and hung Gadsden flags from patrol vehicles.
Not only did the rally include those that decided not to get the vaccine, but many of those who chose to get vaccinated also came out in support of their colleagues. Some even chose not to submit their paperwork regardless of vaccination status, meaning they are also getting fired by the city or state.
"I served as a firefighter for 23 years. I have seen things that you wouldn't wish on your greatest enemy. I never thought this is how my career would end," a Seattle firefighter told The Post Millennial. "Last year we were frontline heroes, this year we're enemies."
The group marched through the streets of Seattle, taking a strong stance against mandates and encouraging bystanders to fight alongside them.
Chants of "we will not comply" and "end the mandates" rang out among the crowd.
The group was shockingly well-attended in a far-left progressive stronghold of Seattle, and many civilians honked in support, although there were the occasional flip-offs.
Last Friday, the state's Libertarian Party held a march against mandates which sparked support from business owners and a King County Metro bus driver.
In addition to the march at Seattle City Hall, Seattle City Light workers held their own protest against mandates outside their building.
Vaccine passports go into effect in King County on Monday, October 25. Residents will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, and other entertainment venues.