A Jewish community activist in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Harold “Heshy” Tischler, was released from police custody Monday night, after being arrested during riots in protests against coronavirus restrictions.
“I came home again, I would like to thank my dear friends and fans for the support and prayers,” tweeted “Heshy.” “Please, no violence at all.”
B” H I arrived at my house, again, I would like to thank my dear friends and followers for the support and prayers, I’m B”H doing fine, remember to watch the Just Enough Heshy show.
Please, no violence what do every. pic.twitter.com/4sSACkeiUR
— Heshy Tischler (@HeshyTischlerNY) October 12, 2020
Tischler was arrested Sunday night, after a protest last week in which a reporter, Jacob Kornbluh, was attacked while covering the event in Borough Park.
According to reports, Tischler has been behind several protests in the neighborhood. He allegedly interrupted a briefing by health authorities two weeks ago and was one of the protesters who cut the chains on the playgrounds after they were closed by the state.
More protests erupted in Brooklyn Sunday night after Tischler’s arrest. Protesters gathered outside the barracks where Tischler was detained, as well as outside the home of the journalist who was attacked.
Tischler has denied the allegations of inciting the crowd to attack the reporter, despite emerging what appear to be videos showing it. The defendant said on Twitter that the act is a “political maneuver.”
For his part, Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the events of last week, calling them “unacceptable” and “disgusting.”
The protests have largely focused on the Borough Park neighborhood, one of the coronavirus “hot spots”. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community, which has a large presence in the neighborhood, have complained about the restrictions imposed by the governor and mayor, and say they are being singled out by authorities.
The increase in cases coincided with the Jewish holidays that took place in late September.