NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — After the city spent months applauding the doctors and nurses on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus, health care workers are now showing their support for protesters in the fight for justice.
WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon on Tuesday traveled with protesters as they made their way past Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, where they were met by applause from healthcare workers.
“This is just one of the more remarkable moments along this protest,” Rincon reported. “There’s a line of nurses standing outside, clapping and you can hear the demonstrators cheering right back, chanting ‘Thank you.’”
State Sen. Bray Hoylman also posted a photo showing workers supporting protesters in front of Mt. Sinai-Union Square.
The remarkable moment comes as New York City continues to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and a moment of civil unrest.
Weeks ago, New Yorkers would gather outside their homes to cheer on the healthcare workers, many of whom were struggling on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, as residents take to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd and an end to police brutality, healthcare workers are stepping up to show their support.
Some protesters have reported seeing medical workers going straight from their long shifts to the demonstrations to help those who have been injured in protests.
A video posted on Twitter claims to show nurses going straight from a hospital in Minneapolis to help treat people that were hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Some healthcare workers have also posted public service announcements on social media to explain what to do if you’ve been injured at a protest. Others have offered their direct help with contact information.