More than 1,000 Yemeni-owned shops in New York Cork are closed today in response to President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.” The executive order, signed last Friday, banned immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Yemen.
In an unprecedented move, bodegas across all five boroughs shut their doors at 12 pm and will remain closed until 8 pm.
— Melissa Leon (@MelissaHLeon) February 2, 2017
There are 4,000-6,000 Yemeni-owned grocery stores in the New York Area, according to Debbie Almontaser, a member of the Muslim Community Network and organizer of the shut down told DNA Info. Organizers estimate 1,000 shut their doors today in protest.
— Katie Zavadski (@katiezavadski) February 2, 2017
The grocery store shut down comes after a similar protest last Saturday night where cabbies of the New York Taxi Alliance halted service to JFK Airport for one hour in protest.
Organizers and protesters will come together this afternoon at Brooklyn Hall for a public call to prayer and to rally against Trump’s executive order.