Around 15 people showed up at the Kiwi Café in Tbilisi, Georgia, brandishing meat skewers and violently throwing meat at its patrons.
The Kiwi Café in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a hipster enclave in the city. It’s located on a rundown street at the edge of the Georgian capital’s Old Town and is known for its veggie burgers and falafel. But this weekend, the cafe became the target of an attack by extremists, who reportedly ransacked the cafe and bludgeoned its patrons with meat.
Around 15 people brandishing meat skewers showed up at the business on Sunday and began shouting at customers, throwing pieces of meat at them and into their food, according to Kiwi Café staff.
“They were wearing sausages on their necks,” 20-year-old Giorgi Gegelashvili, who works at the cafe and seemed slightly traumatized by the event, told VICE. “They were yelling, ‘We know your face, who know who you are.'”
Gegelashvili and other staffers told me the attackers were members of a local neo-Nazi soccer fan club who had harassed patrons of the Kiwi Café a month earlier.
According to Kiwi Café staff, as the yelling and abuse spilled into the street, over a dozen neighbors noticed the ruckus and joined in. They claim that the neighbors were yelling that the cafe’s customers and staff were “punks” who were “not Georgian” and “had no respect for traditional values.”
According to Kiwi Café’s statement on the incident, a female cafe worker’s face was shoved onto the street, while a customer’s face was cut after a man hit him with a walking stick. A brawl reportedly ensued, with about four of the cafe’s staff and patrons receiving some kind of injury.
“Our neighbors do not like us, maybe because we have piercings and tattoos and talk about peace,” Gegelashvili told me…
HWH Comment: Crimes against vegans or vegan establishments need to be legally covered under the hate crimes category in USA and all other countries. We already know the prejudice and discrimination part. If left unchecked, it progresses to enslavement, then torture, then slaughter. Make the laws now. We are a special class of people – worldwide.