Unruly Protesters Target Cafe Because Owner Supports the President
A local cafe that recently opened in Boyle Heights, California, was met with protestors from an anti-Trump group.
Asher Shalom, the owner of Asher Caffe & Lounge was targeted by followers of a Facebook group dubbed “Defend Boyle Heights.” The group had obtained screenshots of Shalom’s social media posts that showed his support for President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
In a July 12 Facebook post, the group called on members to block the shop’s grand opening: “We cannot allow this foo to open up shop in our hood!”
In a subsequent post just hours later, the group gave specifics on the time and location of the protest. They have around 9000 followers on Facebook.
“Emergency protest tonight at 7pm at Asher Cafe And Lounge…” the group wrote. “This Gentry business is trying to creep in without folks noticing that their owner is an anti-immigrant Trump loving gentryfier!”
Shalom himself is a legal immigrant who has lived in the United States for 30 years. He reportedly employs 65 immigrants.
Footage of the boycott posted on the group’s page revealed protestors carrying signs and acting unruly outside the cafe’s doors. They can be heard yelling slogans such as “These racists have got to go,” to innocent patrons leaving the restaurant. Police officers eventually showed up.
“There were also a lot of anti-Semitic slurs thrown throughout the night and pro-Palestinian chants,” David Shalom, the owner’s son, told The Daily Wire. “We received numerous death threats on the phone and online.”
The Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce canceled Shalom’s membership and returned his paid dues on July 10, before the protests took place. A spokesperson for the chamber said via email they banned him because his alleged anti-immigrant posts were “not in line with the Chamber’s values and objectives.” They also said that Shalom has appealed their decision, which they are currently reviewing and will respond to within 30 days.
This is the latest in an uptick of abuse dealt out against conservatives and members of the Trump administration after top Democrats called for the harassment of Trump administration officials in public.