A group of approximately 60 people damaged windows and doors of businesses and cars Monday evening following an early May Day protest that started at Dolores Park. The Mission Police Station building and Farina and Locanda restaurants were also paint-bombed.
Police said that they have received 500 calls with reports of damage
including smashed windows and slashed tires. Business owners were seen
cleaning up late Monday night as officers patrolled the streets after
dispersing the crowd at 14th and Mission streets.
FSC Barber, Live Fit, clothing stores Weston Wear and Therapy, and
restaurants–Tartine Bakery, Bar Tartine, Locanda, and Farina–were all
targeted. At Weston Wear, the three floor-to-ceiling windows were
Paint balls were launched at businesses, leaving large splotches of paint on their facades.
All the windows of a car parked in front of Locanda had been smashed.
A glass door at Art Zone, a business located on Valencia Street between
15th and 16th Street was broken as were car windows. On Valencia Street
near Market Street, car tires were slashed and anarchy signs were
painted on windows.
At Farina restaurant on 18th Street, a protester spray painted “Yuppies Out” on the window.
Ronny Ghosh, who was visiting a friend, came back to to find his
Infinity fFX35 windows smashed. A witness gave him a video that shows
people smashing his car windows and slashing tires.
A witness told Mission Loc@l that protesters were seen picking up the
valet parking sign in front of Locanda and throwing it at the window of
the restaurant. The witness also said that at least one of the
protesters was seen using a crowbar.
Justin Beck, an independent journalist told Mission Loc@l that he saw
protesters walking on Valencia Street to Duboce Street. They turned
right on Duboce and walked to Mission Street. Riot police responded to
the scene at 14th and Mission streets and asked the crowd to disperse.