Prague Diners Munch on Kebabs to Protest Anti-Muslim RemarksLenka Ponikelska
Thousands of Czechs vowed to line up for kebabs at snack shops around Prague tonight to protest a senator’s quip that buyers of the Middle Eastern grilled meat support radical Islamists.
About 15,000 people pledged on a Facebook event dubbed “With Kebabs Against Stupidity -- the National Day of Kebab,” to grab a kebab at take-out shops beginning at 6 p.m tonight after Senator Tomio Okamura urged Czechs to safeguard their country against Islam.
Okamura, a Tokyo-born politician who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2013 on an anti-immigrant platform, proposed a set of measures on how to protect the country from Muslims on his Facebook page that included the warning that “each kebab funds another burqa.”
“I come here every now and then because I like the food here,” Petr Turon, a 30-year-old employee at the Czech Academy of Sciences, said as he was lunching at a kebab shop in downtown Prague. “But I also wanted to make a statement today. Some politicians have poor agendas, so they abuse issues to draw attention to themselves.”
Okamura published his post five days before terrorists killed 12 people at the Paris offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.