Pidgin protesters target new Vancouver restaurant

Protesters gather outside of Pidgin restaurant in Vancouver's DTES.

Anti-gentrification protestors who have held ongoing protests outside PiDGiN restaurant in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are targeting another newly opened restaurant in the neighbourhood.

The protests started last night outside a Latin American restaurant, Cuchillo, on Powell Street near Main Street and are expected to continue tonight.

Protesters are arguing businesses such as PiDGiN and Cuchillo are pushing poor people out of the neighbourhood.

Restaurant operators in the DTES say they are working to make improvements in the low-income community, but protesters say the restaurants are too expensive for local residents, and many would prefer to see the location used for housing.

Vancouver police say they spent last night monitoring the protestors and reminding them not to do anything that breaks the law.

Vancouver police arrest second Pidgin protestor

Police have arrested two protestors who participated in demonstrations the PiDGiN restaurant.

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