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Perverting George Floyd Grief Into A Protest Against RIOC

Updated 5 weeks ago David Stone
Police brutality protest march will form at the Bloomberg Center on the Cornell Tech Campus.
Police brutality protest march will form at the Bloomberg Center on the Cornell Tech Campus.
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Cornell Tech dean Greg Morrisett confirmed on Twitter that his campus will be the staging area for a protest march at 6:30 Wednesday evening. The march, merged with a movement spurred by the police execution of George Floyd, has been overtaken to promote a Cornell Tech associate professor's grievance against RIOC as well as police brutality. In a statement emailed to this morning, Tapan Parikh openly announced intentions to violate the New York City curfew and the State closing of athletic fields.

Her is Parikh's email, all in screaming capital letters and run-on sentences as received:

HI ALL - THERE WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RIOC MALFEASANCE at 630PM TODAY AT CORNELL TECH MARCHING TO GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT  WE ALL SHOW UP AND MAKE OUR FEELINGS ABOUT THESE MULTIPLE OCCUPATIONS OF OUR CITY AND ISLAND. FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE WE WILL BE EXTENDING THE PROTEST BEYOND 8PM AND GOOD SHEPHERD AND OCCUPY CAPOBIANCO FIELD TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNWILLINGNESS TO TOLERATE ANY MORE RIOC APATHY AND DOMINATION. SEE YOU TONIGHT AT GOOD SHEPHARD AT 8PM WHERE WE WILL CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS! 

Two weeks ago, Parikh, launched a RIOC Sucks petition drive on Change.org that garnered all of 129 signatures, out of 11,000 residents, bizarrely asking Governor Cuomo to remove RIOC. The petition advocated no specific replacement or details on why it was believed that the City would support such a breach of contract.

It's not known whether local residents eager to express their grief over George Floyd's death will honor its being hijacked as RIOC protest or be willing to march in large numbers.

There is no word on what organization, if any, is involved. Plans call for protestors to walk up Main Street to Good Shepherd Plaza and stay there in violation of New York City's 8:00 p.m. curfew. Parikh also urges marches to then walk over to Capobianco field, adding violations of the State's coronavirus shutdown of athletic fields to the mix.

* A broader perspective: Roosevelt Island News

RIOC is aware of the event.

Earlier today, a spokesperson told The Daily, "Our citizens have a constitutional right to protest peacefully and safely. Governor Andrew Cuomo has reminded New Yorkers participating in protests to take proper health precautions and wear face coverings while we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. The RIOC Public Safety department is working closely with the NYPD to monitor and ensure a safe demonstration on the island."

Some residents expressed fears about violence and looting. Violence can't be predicted, of course, but preparations will be in place.

As for looting, look around... What?

Hudson Related's management of Main Street Retail has left it so devoid of stores, something would have to be shipped in to make it conceivable.

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