A roadside vegan café in Tbilisi, Georgia, had to cancel its English-language movie night on Sunday when a group of radical ultra-nationalists attacked it with meat skewers, sausages and fish — aka every vegan’s worst nightmare.
The customers were in the middle of watching “Rick and Morty” when at least 15 people stormed the Kiwi Café. The witnesses claim the staff asked the newcomers to calm down and leave, but the group began shouting and attacked everyone in the building.
The fight soon moved out on the street and turned into a mass brawl after some of the neighbors decided to join the sausage-wielding activists.
“They 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,” the eatery said in a statement.
The assailants, described as “neo-Nazis” who support “fascist ideas,” fled the scene before the police arrived — though instead of pursuing them, the law enforcement agency began questioning the customers and staff.
“Because most of the staff, and a lot of the guests, have piercings and mohawk hairstyles, the police thought they were the ones responsible for the incident,” witness Nono Antidze wrote in a Facebook post. “We can only hope that there were some working surveillance cameras (in the area). When they see those videos, they will know what happened.”
The management believes the café was not only targeted for its veganism, but for the fact that patrons of all races, nationalities and sexual orientations are accepted there. The far right group responsible for the attack had reportedly asked the neighbors if foreigners frequented the cafe.
The incident took place just three days after right-wing nationalists held a march in the Georgian capital. Some residents are concerned the xenophobic violence at Kiwi Café might be politically motivated, according to Radio Free Europe.