A crowd of protesters disrupted diners eating in the outdoor dining area of an upscale French restaurant called Balthazar in New York City on Thursday night.
Dozens of demonstrators flocked to the restaurant’s outdoor space, some repeatedly banging on the restaurant’s windows, while one of the protesters who called herself Qween Jean gave a speech.
After Qween Jean swiftly demands Spring Street diners’ attention for an important message about NYC’s Black and Brown communities, she concludes, “Have a good evening,” and the group sweeps onward.
Police trailing on parallel roads / mostly put of sight. pic.twitter.com/Pk9Nz1IhVj
— PROTEST_NYC (@protest_nyc) April 2, 2021
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“So many black and brown indigenous community members are often left out,” Qween Jean can be heard saying, according to a video of the encounter.
“They are often neglected, left out, unhoused, without food, without medication, without medical care, without mental health access. And we’re