Protesters pound on windows at NYC outdoor dining area: video


A crowd of protesters pounded on the windows of the outdoor dining area at upscale SoHo French restaurant Balthazar as people dined there Thursday night, video shows. 

Dozens of demonstrators crowded the restaurant’s outdoor space — some repeatedly banging on the windows in support — as one of them, identified as Qween Jean, delivered a speech, video originally tweeted by the Protest_NYC page shows

“So many black and brown indigenous community members are often left out,” Qween Jean can be heard saying. “They are often neglected, left out, unhoused, without food, without medication, without medical care, without mental health access. And we’re here with the message because we believe that black lives matter.”

Police could not officially confirm on Friday any whether anyone from the restaurant filed any complaints, and the extent of any damage was unclear. 

But the NYPD News page fired off a tweet late Thursday, with a video outside a restaurant that appears to be Balthazar in SoHo.

“Tonight, in Lower Manhattan demonstrators purposely caused property damage to a local restaurant by breaking several windows while patrons were eating dinner,” the tweet says. “Small businesses need our support, vandalism is not the answer especially during these trying times.”

Balthazar was closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and owner Keith McNally didn’t make plans to reopen until Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the indoor dining capacity to 50 percent earlier this month.

A police car was damaged amid the protests.
A police car was damaged amid the protests.

Meanwhile, at another nearby restaurant, Omen Azen, a Japanese eatery on Thompson Street near Prince Street, police confirmed that protesters from Black Trans Lives Matter damaged the outdoor dining area around 10:30 p.m. 

They also confirmed that demonstrators damaged the roof of a police cruiser near Columbus Park by standing on top of it. 

Screenshot of the aftermath of protestors vandalising Omen Azen in Lower Manhattan.
A screenshot of at Omen Azen shows the aftermath of protestors’ vandalizing in Lower Manhattan.

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Erin Mosley

Erin Mosley writes for the Hollywood section of Newzinto.