A mob of protesters surrounded and chanted at diners at a Brooklyn taqueria to ‘get the f**k out of New York’ and ‘we don’t want you here’, and blasted the ‘white men’ owners during a march after the Derek Chauvin verdict on Tuesday.
Video captured nervous diners outside the Maya Taqueria in Prospect Heights, as a man, who appears to be white, led the chant ‘We don’t want your f***ing money. We don’t want your f***ing taqueria… owned by f***ing white men.’
Reporter Nick Pinto shared that the protesters moved north after their stop at Maya Taqueria, chanting, ‘Fire! Fire to the gentrifiers!’
Daniel Nasser, who is cited as the operating manager and owner of Maya Taqueria, grew up in San Francisco before moving to Brooklyn in 2001. His heritage is not clear. However, staff pictures show a mostly BIPOC team.
A staff member at Maya Taqueria told DailyMail.com simply ‘no comment’ when reached.
Maya Taqueria, like many restaurants in New York and across the US, has struggled during the past year due to coronavirus restrictions that saw all indoor dining banned until earlier this year. But the eatery has not closed and managed to deliver throughout the pandemic.
Tuesday’s protest appeared to be organized by a group called NYC Shut It Down, who are activists who came together following the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of the police
NYC Shut Down has not publicly commented on the footage.
The protests outside of Maya Taqueria were led by this man on Tuesday night
Many of the people at the restaurant simply looked on as the protest unfolded
Diners at Maya Taqueria sat and watched as they were heckled by the protesters
It’s not clear why one protester decided to open an umbrella during the protest
Daniel Nasser, who is cited as the operating manager and owner of Maya Taqueria, grew up in San Francisco before moving to Brooklyn in 2001. His heritage is not clear
The video, which was originally posted by Eric Thomas on Twitter, has garnered over 628,000 views so far.
Some people on Twitter took exception to the idea that Maya Taqueria was ‘owned by white men.’
‘So they clearly don’t know anything about the Mexican American family that owns and operates Maya Taqueria,’ Steven Kastenbaum tweeted.
‘Psst Maya Taqueria is owned by a Mexican American family,’ Amy Grimm added.
Emotions had been running high on Tuesday night following the conviction of Chauvin in the death of George Floyd just hours earlier.
In many cities, Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets in celebration of the verdict.
In New York City, demonstrators marched through Brooklyn until they came across diners at the taqueria.
Video of the incident picks up with a man leading a crowd of protesters in a call-and-response chant.
‘Get the f*** out of New York,’ he yelled. ‘We don’t want you here. We don’t want you here.’
A protester then says ‘Tip 30 percent,’ which the call leader echoes and which draws cheers from the crowd.
Protesters descended upon Maya Taqueria on Tuesday following the Chauvin verdict
Protesters can be seen surrounding the restaurant as they chant together
They were in the midst of a bigger march, which passed through restaurants down the street
The protest appears to have organized by a group called NYC Shut It Down.
‘WE DEMAND an end to racist police terror, mass incarceration, and white supremacy,’ their website reads. ‘We work in solidarity with those fighting for Black liberation, and the liberation of all oppressed people.’
Their platform includes abolition stemming from mass incarceration, decolonization, and liberation.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday evening.
They marched along Flatbush Avenue and briefly blocked traffic, chanting the names of other victims of police brutality.
The protests in New York City were peaceful, though. The NYPD was prepared for the protests in the wake of the verdict being read.
According to ABC7, the NYPD planned to deploy police on Tuesday night to ensure the safety of demonstrations.
Community affairs officers were set to be on the front lines a year after the NYPD was accused of using excessive force during the initial protests following George Floyd’s death.
Like many restaurants, Maya Taqueria has struggled in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Owner Daniel Nasser recently gave a testimonial about the restaurant their experience in recent months to ChowNow.
‘We’ve been in Prospect Heights for 11 years,’ Nasser says of the restaurant. ‘We’ve seen the neighborhood change and we’ve grown with the neighborhood. We’ve focused on the freshness of our ingredients and trying to make sure that we can serve the best possible type of cuisine.’
He also discussed the difficulty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Some of our biggest concerns relating to COVID-19 have been just how much everybody relies on us,’ Nasser said.
Protests took place in Brooklyn following the verdict being read on Tuesday evening
Protesters appear to confront the police on Tuesday night during demonstrations
Tuesday night’s protesters in Brooklyn briefly blocked traffic during their demonstration
‘I think we ultimately face that when we see that there’s employees that need their paychecks on a weekly basis to support their families, as well as keeping up with our bills and our vendors.’
During the video, he advocated for people to support his restaurant by ordering either through the restaurant itself or through ChowNow.
The New York Times reported in December that Maya Taqueria built a patio on the street over the summer to encourage outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They protected their Prospect Heights outdoor setup with heavy wooden barriers.
The setup caused a problem in the winter, however, when it was too challenging to move during the city’s winter storms.
‘These things now weigh 300 or 400 pounds,’ Nasser said at the time. ‘You can’t tell me to make this thing weigh this much and then have me dismantle and bring it in.’
He had vowed to dismantle the outdoor setup if the winter storms destroyed it, though the outdoor setup was in place when the protesters arrived on Tuesday.
While some protesters in New York were heckling diners, most reactions to the Chauvin guilty verdict were of jubilation on Tuesday evening.
In Minneapolis, those who gathered outside the courthouse to hear the verdict cheered when Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin is not set to be sentenced for eight weeks, but he could serve up to 75 years in prison.