Bloomberg Met With Protest In Chinatown
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg was greeted by protesters Tuesday while attending a campaign breakfast for seniors in Chinatown.
Protesters say the mayor's policies only serve the wealthy, while destroying the predominantly working families and small business community of Chinatown.
Among their complaints are the continued closure of Park Row, a rezoning plan they say has caused dozens of long-time residents to be evicted, and increases in water rates and rents on small businesses.
"Bloomberg is not welcome in Chinatown. Today he thinks he can come here and buy a few votes by giving a free lunch. But a free lunch is not going to make up for eight years of destroying the community," said one protestor.
"He is a man of all people, especially the seniors, and I am in support of Mayor Bloomberg," said one Chinatown resident.
Bloomberg appeared briefly at the breakfast and spoke to the crowd.
The mayor's campaign says it's one of a series of events its held to reach out to the Asian-American community.