The brightly colored tents and banners of the protesters in Finsbury Square are yards from a site the Borough of Islington is considering for weekday lunch stalls, according to a notice at the park. As the closure of a 13-year-old restaurant in the square shows, protests against global economic inequality and food service don’t always mix.
'The very nature of protests is to do something somewhere that someone else doesn’t want you to', said Patrick O’Brien, an analyst at Verdict Research, a unit of Datamonitor Plc. 'Retailers essentially want streets to be clear of any obstruction, whether it be roadworks or protesters blocking entrances, or anything that detracts from the visibility'.
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