‘Far-Right Nationalists’ throw meat at vegan cafe patrons
A vegan cafe was attacked this past weekend.
The BBC reports that on Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia, more than a dozen men stormed into Kiwi Cafe, shouting and throwing meat skewers, sausages, and fish at patrons. A brawl erupted, and the attackers fled before police made it to the scene. Now, the cafe owners are appealing for public support, claiming this wasn’t just in jest, but was a neo-Nazi act of intimidation by far-right nationalists.
Despite the assailants weapons, restaurant patrons believe this was about more than just veganism, citing their acceptance of the LGBT community, and their alternative lifestyles to be further cause for persecution. That idea was supported by the interrogation of several staff members following the attack, and no immidiate pursuit of the extremists.
“We are now living in a type of hell where people are insulted for their different style of dress. They are beaten for having piercings and mocked for not eating meat. What is worse is that the police laugh at us and further aggravate the situation instead of protecting the city’s residents,” witness Ana Gulisashvili said in a Facebook post, as shared by The Telegraph.
Georgia Today says that the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a statement to local media outlets to say that an official investigation has yet to be launched. Staff and several witnesses were questioned, with many taking to social media to share their experience. The cafe was attempting to have a English movie screening at the time of the attack.
Kiwi Cafe remains open, and asks community members who stand with their beliefs to support them by visiting. It might be difficult for many of us living in growing and diverse vegan communities to imagine these sort of attacks, as anti-vegan intimidation is usually left for online comment sections. It’s important that we reject all forms of human discrimination, and continue in our efforts to uphold nonviolence.
Photo from Kiwi Cafe’s Facebook Page
*Authors Edit: Quotations were added to the title to reflect that ‘far-right nationalists’ came from the Georgia Today coverage