March 30, 2023

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Demonstration against curfew: “What have we done to qualify for this?”

Demonstration against curfew: "What have we done to qualify for this?"

Protesters opposed the imposition of a curfew at 8pm in Montreal, causing several losses to businesses. Among them, Eric Luxenberg, owner of two restaurants, thought he had lost his window and terrace.

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As the evening wore on, more and more exhibitors flocked to Place Jacques-Cartier, near its restaurants.

“At 6 o’clock in the morning, there were people coming quietly; By 7 p.m., people were there; 8 a.m., Place Jacques-Cartier, which looks like December 31st without the pandemic; And at 8:15 in the morning, it started, ”said Eric Luxenberg.

At the Denise Lowesque show on LCN, the owner said Monday that he had nothing against the show, but that it should take place peacefully without attacking traders.

“Should they pull out the trash cans and throw them in the windows?” What have we done for the youth? We will be the first person to give them work, the first person to give them fun, the first person to take care of them, their parents and everyone. What have we done to qualify for this? ”Arikline rik Luksenberg.

Restaurant owners have been in the most affected businesses since the epidemic began, and they had to close twice.

“Our restaurants are closed, we lose money every month and we don’t know how many months it’s because we’re not talking about anything. And then there are the little idiots who come in and break everything. I’ll tell you, if it’s my son, it’s bad,” he said angrily.

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Mr. Luxenberg asked on the show Denise Levsky In order to have better protection from the authorities, especially those like him, who respect the rules.

“The government asks us to do things, but at some point, whether it’s the city or the government, they have to ensure our safety.”

According to the owner of Chez Eric et du Homerd Fau, the pandemic will fill more restaurants than one would expect, especially if they have to pay for repairs due to breakage.

“I’m paying 000 100,000 in business taxes, I closed and so far, they have not told me whether I should pay them, but I have to pay them. Do we have a right to our security in Montreal or are we really a banana town?”