Cereal Killer cafe damaged in anti-gentrification protest
Sep 27 2015
Police say "missiles" were thrown and a "criminal element" in the group cause damage to shops and businesses around Brick Lane.
Hey, remember that fancy cafe in Shoreditch that sells only cereal and posh milks? They had torches and pigs' heads.
The cafe's owners were interviewed by Channel 4 several months ago and the same issue was brought up regarding the high prices of their food and how it would affect locals in the area.
The businesses' Twitter account read: "Tonight we were attacked with paint and fire by an angry mob of 200".
The Ceral Killer cafe was targeted because some see it as a symbol of the inequality that exists in east London.
Alan Keery, who runs the Cereal Killer café with his twin brother Gary, told the Standard customers had barricaded the door closed with chairs as the "f*** parade" demo began throwing paint at the windows.
Staff were left "absolutely terrified" when anti-gentrification protesters targeted a controversial east London cafe that serves imported cereals.
Organisers of the protest, called the "F*** Parade", said in a statement: "Soon this city will be an unrecognisable, bland, yuppie-infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people like us". Last night it exploded in a protest with the Cereal Killer Café directly in the firing line. "They had torches and pigs' heads".
Gary Keery said: "It wasn't as if they were walking past and just happened to stumble upon us". He added: "We're a small business. Working class people are being forced out of our homes but we won't go out without a fight".
"They were trying to bash the door down".
One arrest was made and one police officer suffered minor facial injuries in the disorder, which happened between 8 am and 12.30am, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. It feels like it's been taken back to the Dark Ages - an angry mob with fire - it's a bit of a witch hunt.
But their decision to target a cafe selling cereal baffled many people.