My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Protestors harass shoppers in London...

Carry an Israeli product and you can expect trouble...
Monmouth street in the popular London shopping district of Covent Garden is experiencing its own micro-downturn - and it's nothing to do with the credit crunch.

Shop-owners have had to call in the police as demonstrations and counter-demonstrations outside the London branch of Israeli skincare shop Ahava - famous for its Dead Sea products - have driven away customers.

One shopkeeper said that protesters were "running down the road chasing people with flyers", and a shop opposite Ahava, Miss Lala's Boudoir, has closed down because of the disruption caused by the protests.

Colin George, manager of clothes shop The Loft, next door to Ahava, said: "I'm worried about my business. There are protesters every fortnight with around 50 people each time. The police put barriers on the highway, but usually they spread out across the street handing out leaflets. It doesn't look good for the street.

"People avoid them because they shout slogans and hand out leaflets. People don't like it. They don't know which shop they are protesting outside. The figures have dropped on Saturdays by about 20 per cent. Shoppers don't turn up until three o'clock when the protesters leave."

The manager of the nearby Orla Kiely store said: "It can be intimidating for families to walk past those protesters. They run down the road chasing people with flyers."

Shop owners called a meeting with local police after concerns were raised about the effect the fortnightly protests were having on other stores.

Police have now said there can be no more than 12 protesters at a time in both pro-Palestinian and counter demos, and have banned them from using megaphones. They have also cordoned off a section of the road to stop protesters obstructing other stores.


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