Tash Peterson: Notorious vegan activist left with cuts and bruises after chaotic protest at Fyre restaurant
Notorious vegan activist Tash Peterson claims she’s been left with cuts and bruises after a “chaotic” protest at a Perth restaurant that has put a ban on vegans.
Fyre restaurant in Connolly — run by celebrity chef John Mountain — issued a statement on its Facebook page last month that vegans were no longer welcome “due to mental health reasons”.
But Ms Peterson — who is known for her controversial stunts – has targeted the venue by staging a “disruption” style protest.
Ms Peterson has posted images from the protest – understood to have taken place on Friday night – on her social media channels.
In a video where she talks about the protest, the controversial activist claims she was grabbed by the neck and physically assaulted during the heated protest.
“So we’ve just done a disruption in the restaurant Fyre,” she says in the video, posted to Instagram and Facebook.
“It was absolutely f****g chaotic.
“I was grabbed by the neck and that’s kind of bruised at the moment, I’ve got cuts and bruises.
“Because there were 12 activists, there were probably at least several of us who were also physically assaulted but this is just the resistance we face as animal rights activists.”
Several days ago Ms Peterson claimed the restaurant’s ban on vegans was “blatant discrimination”.
Mr Mountain – who has been contacted for comment about the protest – said the ban followed a complaint from a customer who had called up beforehand to see if the venue could accommodate her dietary requirements.
While the chef assured her they could, the request slipped his mind when on Saturday night he had to cater a private function.
Fyre was only able to offer the woman vegetables.
Mr Mountain said the woman then sent a lengthy complaint to their Facebook page suggesting if they didn’t “get with the times” then the business wouldn’t last.
Mr Mountain said part of the customer’s complaint was justified, given the assurance he had made, but said he took it to heart after she made it personal.
Following the social media statement, Fyre was reportedly flooded with one-star Google reviews.
“We started getting all these negative reviews without any actual comment… which really hurts the business,” Mr Mountain said.
“F..k vegans seriously… I’m done. At the end of the day, it’s not what I want to do, they can f..k off.
“The rebuttal, and attitude (of vegans) is the reason for the ban… they are piling on trying to ruin my restaurant.”
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