The Cuban community in Louisville, Kentucky, is rallying around one of their own after a local restaurant owner was threatened by Black Lives Matter protesters in a “protection” racket.
Ole Restaurant Group partner Fernando Martinez recently received a written notice from protesters, which laid out demands that aim to improve diversity in the area.
The demands, which were accompanied by a threat, included purchasing more inventory from black businesses, employing more black employees, and undergoing diversity training.
At La Bodeguita De Mima on E. Market St, where members of Louisville’s Cuban community are gathering to show support for owner Fernando Martinez. He said he was threatened by BLM protesters, who sent letters to business owners in NuLu demanding to improve diversity in the area. pic.twitter.com/sFJR5c0KNM
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Martinez denounced the demands on social media, referring to the letter as “mafia tactics” frequently used by criminal groups to intimidate businesses into giving into the demands of the mob.
“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. “… All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?”
After taking a stand on the matter, he was mobbed by BLM protesters outside of his La Bodeguita de Mima eatery and his business was vandalized.
According to the Courier-Journal, La Bodeguita de Mima was forced to close July 24 during a demonstration that shut down East Market Street.
During the “protest,” several protesters gave Martinez the letter again, telling him he “better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with.”
Martinez noted that the “30+ staff members (mostly immigrants) were unable to earn a paycheck,” after the establishment, fearing security issues, remained closed for the remainder of the protest.
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