Peaceful Protests of Business Owners in Erie County Continues

A planned protest in Orchard Park, organized by the owner at ‘Athletes Unleashed’ in Orchard Park, Robby Dinero, came to fruition today, attracting hundreds of participants expressing their frustrations over state mandated guidelines.

Nick Orticelli, a member at Athletes Unleashed and a lead organizer for the collective of business owners, said, “There were a minimum of 400 people today at this protest in Orchard Park. People were amped and have had enough.” He added, ” It was highly productive and we’re just getting started.”

According to a press release from the group, the protests are the result of a viral video at Athletes Unleashed, stating, “The public is encouraged to keep the momentum going from a viral video where business owners finally pushed back against COVID lockdowns that are destroying businesses, closing schools and churches and hurting families.”