A VEGAN eatery in the historical centre of Georgian capital Tbilisi was targeted by a gang described as ‘far-right extremists’, who threw meat onto customers’ plates, sparking a public melee.
Witnesses related how the group entered the cafe wearing strings of sausages around their necks and carrying slabs of meat on skewers, before proceeding to attack customers and waiters.
The skirmish then spilled out into the street, with the miscreants scarpering before police arrived on the scene, while several minor injuries were reported.
In a statement issued via their Facebook page, the Kiwi Cafe described the fracas as “an anti-vegan provocative action,” calling the hooligans “neo-Nazis” who support “fascist ideas,” and alleging that the same group had recently asked a neighbouring shop owner whether the café was popular with foreigners or members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
The statement went on to describe how the attackers “pulled out some grilled meat, sausages, and fish and started eating them and throwing them at us, and finally they started to smoke…. They were just trying to provoke our friends and disrespect us.”
Sadly for customers, the café was forced to cancel the English-language video screening that was taking place when the commotion broke out, which may or may not be related to a march by right-wing nationalists just three days earlier.
The Kiwi Cafe said it remained “ready to accept all customers regardless of their nationality, race, appearance, age, gender, sexual orientation, or religious views.”