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Pride Parties and Protests Bring Mess Back to NYC Streets

from The Gray Area:

The New York Times headline read, Pride Parties and Protests Bring 'Excitement' to NYC Streets. The headline above would have been more accurate.

Another headline, Revelers attack food vendor and clash with cops in Washington Square Park as peaceful Pride celebrations spiral into chaos in NYC's new crime hotspot.

An elderly hot dog seller in the city's embattled Washington Square Park had a busted lip, bloody nose and was seen bleeding from his head after being punched in the face several times by a woman. The man was seen standing next to his food cart when he was suddenly caught off-guard, punched in the head and nearly knocked off his feet. Reportedly, he was attacked because he would not replace a US Flag with a pride flag.

Earlier in the evening, several people were arrested as simmering tensions between Pride-goers and the police suddenly boiled over. NYPD officers used pepper spray on Pride attendees who were in the Greenwich Village park early on Sunday evening after revelers got angry with how police responded to a break in the metal barricades surrounding the popular park.

Is this the way mature, responsible people, exercising constitutional rights, behave?

Apparently this was a party & a protest, so I guess all bets are off for what to expect in the streets of NYC.

And, bringing children to the 'parade/party/protest' was appropriate?

Did any of the left wing, mainstream media report on this violent & messy 'parade' result? No. They only reported on 'excitement'!

I don't care what your issue is, we cannot allow anarchy in our street any longer. If you are going to act like hoodlums, you will be treated like hoodlums.

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