Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Indonesian café owner sparks outrage after opening Nazi-themed restaurant complete with waiters dressed as SS officers
Indonesia is a Muslim country and "Mein Kampf" (Hitler's book) is a big seller in Muslim countries so this should not be a surprise
A restaurant owner in Indonesia whose Nazi-themed cafe is covered with Hitler memorabilia and staffed by waiters in Waffen-SS military uniforms is to be questioned by authorities.
Soldatenkaffee in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung has sparked outrage amongst tourists and locals for its red wall of Nazi-related memorabilia, including a large flag with swastika and a giant picture of Adolf Hitler.
Despite being open since April 2011, a recent article about its German fascist theme in a local English-language newspaper has prompted angry criticisms on social networking sites.
Now the deputy mayor of the popular tourist town has written to cafe owner Henry Mulyana summoning him to discuss his motives for opening the cafe and whether his objective was to incite racial hatred.
Mr Mulyana says he simply intended to attract business to his restaurant, and denies wanting to breed hatred.
He said: 'I'm just a businessman, not a politician. 'I have a right to design my restaurant with anything that attracts people to come. I'm sure that I'm not violating any laws.'
If he were American, SCOTUS would probably judge the restaurateur as being within his rights