Protesters disrupted diners at a Manhattan restaurant on Thursday night and broke restaurant windows outside of the restaurant before wrecking a police car.
Six plexiglass windows from Balthazar were smashed into their outside dining room at around 9:40 PM.
A photo posted by the NYPD also shows the damage the protesters did to a police car in the area.
A complaint has been filed with the NYPD. There have been no arrests so far, but the vandalism is under investigation.
Tonight, protesters in Lower Manhattan deliberately caused property damage to a local restaurant by smashing several windows while diners were eating. Small businesses need our support, vandalism is not the answer, especially in these troubled times, ”the NYPD posted on Twitter.
Protesters [sic] also deliberately damaged a police car during their vandalism. ‘
No injuries were reported in the vandalism.
NYPD posted a photo of the damage protesters had done to a police car near the protest
Video of the Balthazar protest on Spring Street shows a group of protesters gathered around a speaker identified in a tweet as Qween Jean.
After quickly drawing the attention of Spring Street diners to an important message about NYC’s black and brown communities, Qween Jean concludes, ‘Have a good night,’ continues the group, ‘reads a tweet from NYC Protest Updates.
‘Police parallel roads / usually put [sic] out of sight.’
After quickly drawing the attention of Spring Street diners to an important message about NYC’s Black and Brown communities, Qween Jean concludes, “Have a nice evening,” and the group continues.
Police lag behind on parallel roads / mostly in plain sight. pic.twitter.com/Pk9Nz1IhVj
– NYC protest updates (@protest_nyc) April 2, 2021
Balthazar in New York City was the site of a Thursday night protest while diners were eating
A video after the protest showed the restaurant’s exterior structure with broken windows
In the video, Qween Jean talks about the attention to be paid to New York City’s underserved communities.
“… because so many backward and brown indigenous community members are often left out,” says Qween Jean as the video begins.
‘They are often neglected, excluded, not housed, without food, without medication, without medical care, without access to mental health care.
And so we are here with a message because we believe that Black Lives Matter, we believe in the liberation of our community and the liberation of the people of this community.
The speaker in the protest is identified as Qween Jean (Instagram pictured)
“And so we’re here to say we need community support – it takes common effort to get common power.”
Qween Jean repeats the phrase ‘common effort for common power’ several times before saying they should be ‘quick’.
‘But before we leave, we want to let the principals know – that’s right – they can no longer ignore us. You can’t ignore the New York community because this community … is powerful.
Qween Jean refers to the awkward and awkward nature of the protest before delving into New Yorkers’ struggles, especially during the pandemic.
So if we leave from this place, please understand that you have a responsibility. It is your duty to fight for this community, not only when it is appropriate, not only when it suits you, not just when it is respectable. ‘
Qween Jean then leads a ‘Black Lives Matter’ cheer with the other protesters.
Their Instagram page lists Qween Jean’s occupation as a New York City costume designer.
Balthazar has only recently reopened after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic
DailyMail.com has attempted to contact Qween Jean for comment on the origin of the protest, as well as the choice of location for the protest.
Balthazar is a French brasserie in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood that first opened in 1997.
Only in the past two weeks has the restaurant reopened after it was closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since George Floyd’s murder last year, there have been protests in New York City
Pictured: March protests as the trial of Minnesota agent Derek Chauvin began
According to the New York Post, there was a line out the door for the restaurant’s reopening night.
More than 5,000 restaurants in the city have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact on the industry.
Protests in New York City have become a daily ritual in the months since George Floyd’s murder.
Black Lives Matter protests took place in New York City in June (Juneteenth protest shown)
The protests briefly forced the city into a curfew, which was lifted after a week
Part of the larger Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, most of the protests were peaceful, although there were sporadic cases of violence and looting in the early days of the protests.
As a result, the city was under curfew for a week in June.
Other protests that recently rocked New York City include protests against Asian discrimination and violence, as well as protests over rent payments during the pandemic.