Clashes broke out when a rally for the re-election of New York Governor Kathy Hochul was disrupted by protesters on Saturday, November 5.
Hochul, the first female governor of New York, is currently running against the Republican party’s Lee Zeldin.
This footage, taken by Leeroy Johnson, shows a clash that happened at a rally for Hochul at the Stone Wall Inn, which Zeldin supporters disrupted.
In the footage, a person is seen grabbing a woman by the neck before stopping and arguing with protesters.
“The NYPD got involved with no one getting arrested,” Johnson said.
In the footage, the woman can be seen climbing into an emergency medical services vehicle.
The woman then speaks to the camera while holding a sign saying “Vote Red” and “Vote Them Out”, featuring pictures of Hochul and Antonio Delgado,
Lieutenant Governor of New York, with blacked-out eyes and horns.
“A woman – a very large, heavyset woman, might have been a man – came and took my sign,” she said. “As I was trying to retrieve my sign, there was another man that came and choked me, and there were two other people there who were coming in and preventing me from trying to get my sign.”
“I never wanted to get physical with anyone,” she added. “I was just there, just peacefully holding my sign, and, y’know, they didn’t want to hear what I had to say.” Credit: Leeroy Johnson via Storyful
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- So this woman was choked earlier at a Hochul rally. Can you please tell me what happened?
- I was here holding my sign, and peaceful protest against Governor Hochul. And a woman, a very large heavyset woman-- I'm assuming, might have been a man-- came and took my sign. As I was trying to retrieve my sign, there was another man who came and choked me. And there were two other people that were coming in and preventing me from trying to get my sign. I was never-- I never wanted to get physical with anyone. I was just there peacefully just holding my sign, and they didn't want to hear what I had to say.