Shoreditch Cereal Café Attacked By Hundreds Of Anti-Gentrification Protesters
Last night, hundreds of anti-gentrification protesters set upon the controversial Cereal Killer Café in east London, throwing paint and cereal and writing “scum” on the window.
Alan and Gary Keery own the café in Shoreditch, which has been seen by some as a symbol of inequality in the UK capital.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Alan Keery said:
There were children there – they were terrified. The staff were absolutely terrified. It was an angry mob throwing paint at the windows. They had torches and pigs’ heads. We’re being targeted as the poster boys of gentrification and that’s not our fault.
The café has been embroiled in controversy since it opened last year, with some questioning the ethics of the brothers’ prices given that their business is so close to one of the poorest areas of London.
And protesters were keen to make their point about that apparent rich/poor divide very clear indeed.
Footage of the attack filmed from inside the shop shows a large group of masked protesters shouting and defacing the shop-front with graffiti.
The group also appeared to attack a nearby estate agents and burn effigies of “hipster police”. And, yes, a few were wearing David Cameron masks and pig masks.
The protest had been advertised on Facebook as the third ‘Fuck Parade’, and appeared to be organised by the anarchist group Class War.
On the event’s website, the group wrote:
Our communities are being ripped apart – by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs. We don’t want luxury flats that no one can afford, we want genuinely affordable housing. We don’t want pop-up gin bars or brioche buns – we want community.
Soon this City will be an unrecognisable, bland, yuppie infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people like us. London is our home and worth defending against this onslaught of dog-eat-dog economics. Working class people are being forced out of our homes but we won’t go out without a fight.
The organisers promised to protest what they described as “economic warfare” against them with a “street party”, although clearly this was a bit more wild than the street parties we’re used to!
One witness told the Evening Standard that there were 10 riot vans policing the protesters, and some reports and photos on social media appear to show clashes between police and protesters.
Police have since said one officer suffered a minor facial injury as a result of a flying bottle and that one person was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage during the protests.