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    The Shoreditch Cereal Café Was Attacked By Anti-Gentrification Protesters

    Customers barricaded themselves in after a crowd of hundreds attacked the Cereal Killer Café and wrote "scum" on the window.

    Hundreds of anti-gentrification protesters attacked the controversial cereal café in Brick Lane this evening, throwing paint at it and daubing "scum" on the window.

    Cereal cafe. £5 for cereal when people are starving. Fuck gentrification.

    Alan Keery, who co-owns the Cereal Killer Café, told the Evening Standard: "There were children there – they were terrified. The staff were absolutely terrified. It was an angry mob throwing paint at the windows. They had torches and pigs’ heads."

    Late last year, the cafe was involved in controversy after a testy Channel 4 News interview in which Gary Keery – Alan's brother – was asked about the ethics of its prices given its proximity to one of the poorest parts of London.

    Keery told the Evening Standard: "We’re being targeted as the poster boys of gentrification and that’s not our fault."

    Tonight we were attacked with paint and fire by an angry mob of 200. Riot police are on the scene.

    Staff and customers unharmed, although children were in the cafe, mob still around so stay away from shoreditch.

    Whatever happened in Shoreditch tonight is making my life exceedingly difficult

    The protesters also appeared to have damaged an estate agent's window.

    The protest had been advertised on Facebook as the third "Fuck Parade", and was apparently organised by the anarchist group Class War.

    On the event's website it says: "Our communities are being ripped apart – by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs."

    T minus 31 seconds. Heading back to Brick Lane.

    "We don't want luxury flats that no one can afford, we want genuinely affordable housing. We don't want pop-up gin bars or brioche buns – we want community."

    Still having a fucking great time #fuckparade

    "Soon this City will be an unrecognisable, bland, yuppie infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people like us."

    The Met have helpfully blocked the traffic for the party on Old Street roundabout. #FuckParade

    "London is our home and worth defending against this onslaught of dog-eat-dog economics. Working class people are being forced out of our homes but we won't go out without a fight."

    Due to an impromptu demo, Old Street Roundabout is currently blocked. Expect delays on all approaches.

    The organisers promise to protest what they see as "economic warfare" against them with a "street party".

    1000 strong heading for Old Street roundabout. #FuckParade

    Four rigs, hundreds of pissed off people, flaming torches. Reclaim East London from developers & hipsters #fuckparade

    One witness told the Evening Standard that there were 10 riot vans policing the protesters.

    Belly of the beast. Fuck gentrification, Fuck cutesy boutiques and coffee shops. Homes for everyone. #fuckparade

    The protesters had met at Shoreditch station, before heading to Brick Lane.

    Some tweets appeared to show clashes between police and protesters.

    BuzzFeed News has reached out to Class War for comment.