By: Benyamin Davidsons
A protest got out of control on Thursday night, when a group of demonstrators marching by Greenwich Village smashed a window at a fine Italian restaurant, injuring a patron.
As reported by the NY Post, the vandalism occurred when the Stonewall protester group marched past the high-end eatery at about 8:15 p.m. The outdoor dining structure of Carbone restaurant, at 181 Thompson Street, had a window smashed, police said. A woman who was dining in the outdoor structure was injured, suffering a cut to her shoulder, as per police sources. She refused medical attention at the scene. The woman was with a party of roughly eight patrons, and despite the scare, they stayed at the table for two more hours after the episode. The same evening, restaurant workers swiftly cleaned up and replaced the broken window of the outdoor structure which had been put up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police did not immediately announce any arrests or provide any suspect information. Police were seen at the restaurant reviewing video from the surveillance cameras. The NYPD is still looking for its suspect. It is believed that one of the male protesters punched in and smashed the window of one of the panels, and then ran away with the rest of the group.
The demonstration on Thursday was part of the Stonewall Protests, which meets weekly outside the iconic Greenwich Village bar marching around Manhattan. Restaurant staff declined to comment on the episode. The New York Police Department condemned the vandalism posting the following on its public Twitter page: “Businesses throughout NYC are still recovering from the past year, purposely causing damage to their business is not helping any cause.”
The group had posted on Instagram that it was staging a ‘Pride riot’. “Stonewall was a Riot! Pride is a Riot! Pride needs to center Black Trans and Queer People, Culture and Joy. This is not an ask but a declaration of what we will be doing in and off the streets,” the group wrote in an Instagram post. “Our visibility is not up for debate and any form of policing or oppression against Black People will be dismantled by any means necessary”.
Thursday night’s episode took place at the beginning of June, which is Pride month. Events usually take place annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots which took place in NYC in 1969– a central moment for the LGBTQ movement. Stonewall protesters also clashed with the NYPD in April, when they vandalized the statue in Columbus Circle.