A Wroclaw kebab shop has become latest foreign owned restaurant to be vandalised following the tragic death of a 21-year-old in the town of Elk on Saturday night.
The act of vandalism is rumoured to be a reaction to the tragic incident that occurred in the town of Elk on New Year's Eve.
On Saturday night a 21-year-old died after a brawl at a kebab shop in Elk. Four men were arrested by Police following the attack, including Poles as well as the foreign nationals who work at the fast food restaurant. Reports suggest that two Algerians, a Moroccan and a Tunisian were involved in the fight, the last of whom is suspected of murder.
According to some reports published in the Polish media, the fight broke out after 21-year-old Daniel walked out of the Prince Kebab restaurant without paying for two colas. It is said that a group of men then ran out of the kebab shop to attack Daniel, who was allegedly stabbed multiple times during the fight that ensued.
On New Year's Day a crowd of around 200-300 people gathered outside the Prince Kebab restaurant, some of whom laid candles by the steps to the entrance of the building. However a few others hurled firecrackers, stones and bottles at the kebab shop and then the police, who were called in to calm the situation.
On the same day of the attack, an Indian restaurant in Lubin was vandalised with graffiti that read "fuck islam" and "fuck Isis". Another Indian restaurant in Szczecin was also forced to close after an acid-based stink bomb was placed in the toilets by a man posing as a customer. On top of that, a Bangladeshi man was beaten up in an alleged racist attack in the nearby city of Legnica earlier today.
The anger generated by the situation in Elk now seems to have hit Wroclaw too. According to Gazeta Wroclawska, a kebab shop on Jednosci Narodowej had its windows smashed by a vandal yesterday evening. The staff in the restaurant quickly called the police, however the perpetrator managed to flee the scene before any officers arrived.
Serdar Darwish, who manages the fast food restaurant, told Gazeta Wroclawska that he had never witnessed any similar incident before in the 13 years he has lived in Poland. He also spoke of his belief that his business was targeted because of the association many people see between kebab shops and Muslims. Mr Darwish, who is from Kurdistan and is not in fact a Muslim, also stressed that that "not everyone is prejudiced against others" and that his restaurant has many regular customers.