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Black-clad protesters smash windows Downtown

A group of 150 black-garbed protesters went on a window-smashing and graffiting spree throughout Downtown on Friday night.

According to the New York Post, the marchers started in Foley Square and headed uptown to the Flatiron District and Chelsea, wreaking destruction along their path.

Early on Saturday, the shattered window of the People’s United Bank on Seventh Ave. near 18th St. bore testament to the previous night’s violence by anarchist protesters. The specially treated glass was shattered but remained in place. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The Post described the event as a riot and said the group caused $100,000 worth of damage in graffiti and smashed windows of chain stores and banks.

The tabloid said the event had been advertised on Twitter by the New Afrikan Black Panther Party and the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.

A surveillance video shows black-clad rioters smashing the windows of a Starbucks at Lafayette and Grand Sts.

Over all, police made eight arrests.

Among the chain stores vandalized by the anarchist protesters was a Duane Reade at Seventh Ave. and 14th St. They knocked out one window and scrawled the familiar-by-now “FTP” (“F— the police”) on another. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The night before, a peaceful group of Black Lives Matter marchers, including some trans members, made their way up Eighth Ave. in the Village.

Peaceful protesters making their way through the Village on Eighth Ave. on Thursday night. (Photo by The Village Sun)

“What do we want?” their leader chanted.

“Justice!” the marchers responded.

“If we don’t get it?” the caller asked.

“Shut it down!” they shouted, meaning cause disruption through protests.

“If we don’t get it/Shut it down” has become a common protest chant in recent years.

3 Comments

  1. David Thall David Thall September 6, 2020

    The violent Vandals are undermining the peaceful protesters. And they are playing right into the hands of Trump who wants to run as a law and order president. They’re angry, ignorant, self-destructive and undermining the very thing they supposedly want to accomplish. Trump loves this shit because it justifies all of his repressive overreaction in the blue states. Why don’t they go to the Pro Trump red states and protest there?

  2. S. Peridot S. Peridot September 6, 2020

    Those black outfits have generally been worn by phony protesters sent out by the extreme right to start riots in the name of nonviolent protesters. It’s the NY Post, reporting this. You know what they’re up to. Just because they put a notices up on Twitter does not mean they’re with BLM.

  3. D D September 7, 2020

    Minneapolis and others started by the far right wingers. To cause chaos and destruction, Proud Boys and other nazis fuckers started this shit.

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