By Lachlan Markay
Scribe reported last week on the extensive damage to small businesses wrought by the “Occupy” protests being staged around the country.
In lower Manhattan, business owners are fighting back. Having been forced to endure nearly half a million dollars in lost revenue, they are planning to stage a counter-protest. At 5 pm, they will gather on the steps of City Hall to speak out against the “Occupy Wall Street” tent city, which has remained in Zuccotti Park for nearly two months.
A recent survey by the New York Post showed that local businesses have taken a hit as a result of the protests. The Post reported:
Other cities have seen occupiers do comparable damage to local businesses. Though they haven’t yet taken to the streets, business owners in Oakland, California have petitioned the city government to help abate the economically destructive protests there.
The protests may be rooted in economic grievances, but they seem to be doing more harm to the economy than good in the cities where protests have appeared.