After two kebab shops in Wroclaw were attacked in the space of 24 hours, numerous Wroclawians have come out to show solidarity with the foreign owners of the affected businesses.
Not long after the news broke of the Mototov cocktail attack on a kebab shop early yesterday morning, Wroclaw President Rafał Dutkiewicz came out with a statement strongly condeming the seemingly growing tide of racism in Poland.
The statement, published on his official Facebook page, read as follows:
In connection with the events that occured overnight at the restaurant on Prusa Street in Wroclaw, I wish to emphasize what I have already said many times – I will not tolerate any racist or xenophobic behavior in our city!
I want every citizen of Wroclaw to feel safe here, no matter what country they come from.
Although we have already launched many projects, we will still increase our involvement in municipal projects that promote tolerance.
I call on the representatives of different faiths and influentual figures to show "Support for Tolerance." I am in touch with the police and I have asked both for the intensification of prevention programs, as well as a fast response to yesterday's act of aggression.
I have a very strong feeling that something bad is happening in Poland. I'm waiting for the reaction of the Polish state to this dangerous phenomenon.
I am pleased to see the initiative from the Wrocławians who want to demonstrate support for the Egyptian owners of the bar and meet there for kebab.
I am not in Wroclaw at the moment, but I want to visit the bar owner as soon as possible. I will greet him warmly!
According to Gazeta Wyborcza, a collection has been organised to help pay for the damage to the windows of the kebab shop on Jednosci Narodowej that were smashed earlier this week.
The same newspaper also reports that several Wroclawians will bring cake to the Kuki Pizza restaurant on Prusa street today at 4pm. The cakes are intended to be a gesture of Polish hospitality and to show that the owner of the restaurant is very much welcome here in Wroclaw.