Asian told leave or die
A ``living hell'' is how restauranteur Aftab Ahmad has described
his last year. The racist abuse Aftab has suffered reflects the
increasing incidence of racist abuse, threats and assaults that
are becoming a regular occurrence in Ireland.
Aftab and his Dublin wife Frieda opened the Tandoori Empire
restaurant in Brownstown on the Curragh, County Kildare over a
year ago. Initially the business was doing well with several
local people employed by Aftab in the restaurant. Of late though
harassment, much of it racist, has left their nerves shattered.
In what seems to be an orchestrated campaign against Aftab and
his wife, slogans have been daubed on the restaurant walls,
phantom delivery orders have been phoned in regularly and drunken
louts have taken to standing at the door shouting abuse at the
customers and the staff. On several occasions these louts have
urinated on the doorstep.
The front lights were purposely broken and recently graffiti
appeared on the window of the restaurant, threatening that they
must ``Leave or Die''. Poor response from the Gardaí has meant that
nobody is around by the time they arrive on the scene.
Aftab said that other than the fact that he was tied to a five
year lease and that he'd invested a lot of money in setting up
the business, he would have left the area long ago.