“Highly Inappropriate” DC Mayor condemns BLM protesters who tried to intimidate diner into raising fist

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has condemned the BLM protesters who tried to intimidate a woman diner into raising her fist in a video that went viral.

In the stunning scene, a group of BLM protesters confronted a woman who did not raise her fist with them. The group lurked over her in an intimidating fashion and chanted “White silence is violence!” as well as “No justice no peace!”

“What I saw in those videos was highly inappropriate,” said Mayor Bowser “It was likely against the law if they were on private property. But more importantly I don’t think it had anything to do with demands for social justice.”

Bowser also said she would “encourage any diner or restaurant to call the police immediately” if incidents similar to the one in the disgraceful encounter take place.

Frederick Kunkle explained the scene in a series of tweets:

1) In a scene that played out several times Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest that began in Columbia Heights confronted White diners outside D.C. restaurants,  chanting “White silence is violence!” and demanding White diners show their solidarity. #DCProtests

2) In Adams Morgan, protesters screamed at Lauren B. Victor for several minutes for refusing to raise her fist with them. “Are you a Christian?” a female protester demanded. “Good for you — you stood your ground,” Chuck Modiano said sarcastically as the crowd moved on.

3) Modiano, who had been yelling at Victor and moments later identified himself as a citizen journalist who writes for @Deadspin, told Victor he couldn’t understand why she was the only diner in the area who wouldn’t comply. “What was in you, you couldn’t do this?”

4) “I felt I was under attack,” Victor, an urban planner, said, adding that she felt there was something wrong about being coerced to show support.

5) “In the moment, it didn’t feel right,” Victor said, adding that she also could understand their anger. “I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me,” she said. “I’m very much with them. I’ve been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.”

6) Given many comments regarding protesters’ races, it’s worth noting that a young Black woman leading the protest Monday asked White protesters to step forward, as seen here. This direction was given more than once.

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