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Their Minneapolis Restaurant Burned, but They Back the Protest

Though a Bangladeshi family lost their business in the uproar over the death of George Floyd, they support demonstrators and helped medics treat them.

5/30/2020 1:05:00 AM

Ruhel Islam’s restaurant burned during the Minneapolis protests that followed the death of George Floyd . “We can rebuild a building, but we cannot rebuild a human,” Mr. Islam said.

Though a Bangladeshi family lost their business in the uproar over the death of George Floyd , they support demonstrators and helped medics treat them.

Ms. Islam, who delivers food part time for Door Dash, said she had stopped her car at a red light on Monday as Mr. Floyd was arrested. She watched, horrified, from her car, she said. She learned only later that he had died.“I understand why people did what they did,” she said of the demonstrators. “They had tried with the peaceful protesting, and it hasn’t been working.”

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Gandhi Mahal opened in 2008, during the Great Recession. Although Mr. Islam believes in nonviolent protest — he named his restaurant in honor of Mohandas K Gandhi — he empathizes with the frustration of many Minneapolis residents.“I am going to continuously promote peaceful ways and nonviolent movement,” he said. “But our younger generation is angry, and there’s reason to be angry.”

So as mounted police fired tear gas into the crowd on Tuesday, the Islam family opened a room in their spacious restaurant to medics, who set up a makeshift field hospital. Ms. Islam said she saw at least 200 people come in and out on both Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Some needed to catch their breath after inhaling tear gas, she said. One woman had been hit in the eye by a rubber bullet, damaging her vision. A rubber bullet tore open the back of another man’s neck. When he fell unconscious, the medics laid him out on a table.

“We were just trying to do what we could to help our community,” said Ms. Islam, who helped treat wounded protesters. “Sure, we had our business. Sure, we were trying to keep our kitchen open. But more than anything, we were concerned for our people.”

The tension in Mr. Islam’s adopted city reminds him of his childhood in Bangladesh, when he lived through a dictatorship. Two of his fellow students were killed by the police, he said. “We grew up in a traumatic police state, so I am familiar with this type of situation,” he said.

The restaurant has been a hub for interfaith efforts against climate change, and a related art collection was lost to the flames. In the basement, the family also cultivated a small aquaponics farm to supply the restaurant with fresh ingredients.“Now probably, the whole basement is aquaponics with the water,” Mr. Islam said, laughing, joking about the sprinkler damage.

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Both Tuesday and Wednesday night, before the medics had to relocate to a nearby church to protect their patients, Mr. Islam kept cooking. As wounds were bandaged and hands were held in the front room, he was in the kitchen, preparing daal, basmati rice and naan. Simple food, he said, but high in protein — just the thing to get his community through a long, dark night.

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Disinformation all you got in your bag? Yes, let's abolish police, then Antifa can temporarily be the police while the CCP moves in. Ha! Every traitor working for this rag will be on humanity's hit list. No mercy. You WILL pay for this disgusting treason. So he LIKES that his City now resembles his sweet home Mogadishu?

RealDoctorMike said : Racism isn't just a Human Right Issue. it's also a Health issue 👌 Full video 👍 BlackLivesMatter Incredible Spirit! Mr. Islam knows what makes America great. 76 per cent of persons killed by police who were defending themselves from being killed by the criminals were NOT black. Only 24 % were black which disproves all of the NYT anti-police reports

Yeah, it’s not like losing your life’s savings in a day is a big deal. You can make it all back. 😆 This is horseshit. Of course they are pissed. They just don’t want to piss of the lowlife thugs and get attacked again. Fabulous propaganda work from once again. Why didn't he let it behind him? Or is he saying that allthose people from the shit countries will never be able to integrate the new society?

incorrect nigga, you have to grow maryjane I’m a business owner and feel the same way. Change can be scary and uncomfortable but unfortunately this is where we are as a nation Thanks for standing up for what’s right. Right so protesters need to stop destroying people and their lives. Ah, just what I was looking for in the comments.... my daily dose of cynicism and arguing! It goes great with my coffee.

Amazing couple. Good luck. This is just sad. What a poor impressionable confused sap Blessings to you Buildings matter too!! Watching the fascists at the NYT take down their own paper. 😂😂 Can you do a story on the thousands of store owners that don’t feel this way about their destroyed buildings and businesses? HACKS

Go back to your country. Start there. ❤️ Narrarator: He didn't rebuild, he moved In no way are the two comparable. While waiting for paycheck to paycheck you, you can earn more than $8500 in a week, you don’t send money to anyone, ask me how. Email:laurahops666gmail.com Really? A very mature person, expressing a very mature opinion...

The protest is fine, but that guy doesn’t back the violence and the looting. He doesn’t back the senseless burning down of his restaurant. I heard this good man in an interview. Your paper reports dishonestly , but you don’t care. The NYT is merely the mouthpiece for the DNC. Groveling Obama said we didn't even build the building. Get your jackhammer and some rebar.

Stop racism! It is time for: “NEW LAW & NEW ORDER!” What if people just decide they don’t want to live near your restaurant because it’s too dangerous. Then you can’t rebuild can you? Is that what happened back home? Because that’s what happens here. AJNierenberg I went to their website and no mention of what happened or a anything about fundraising...please post any info if you hear of anything. Regardless if insurance pays, there has to be a way to help the incredible people!

Well - you can kiss your business insurance to replace your building good-bye since you are inviting the destruction of your property - good luck with that - nhannahjones Iooks like you will be serving it cold if they burn it to the ground nhannahjones This is what happens to innocent Indians when confronted by racist pigs.

nhannahjones Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala in Birmingham, Alabama is a racist pig. nhannahjones Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala is a racist pig. nhannahjones Because they know that racist pigs, like Officer Erik Parker of the Madison Alabama PD, will do to them what he did to Sureshbhai Patel. marclacey A restaurateur expresses support for protests.

POWERED CRIMINALS who have actually LOOTED POWER SOME in INDIA USA RUSSIA CHINA UK to be KILLED or ARRESTED by international courts of JUSTICE as they are DOUBTED forcing RAPE & PROSTITUTION & BLUE FILMS upon beautiful WORLD & INDIA LADIES ? um* CBI * MUMBAI * FBI * CIA * AUD *&* POWERED CRIMINALS who have actually LOOTED POWER SOME in INDIA USA RUSSIA CHINA UK to be KILLED or ARRESTED by international courts of JUSTICE as they are DOUBTED forcing RAPE & PROSTITUTION & BLUE FILMS upon beautiful WORLD & INDIA LADIES ? um* CBI * MUMBAI * FBI * CIA * AUD *&*

lilyalta He must have a good insurance policy. GeoffWilson_ In guessing insurance will pay for it. 'The tension in Mr. Islam’s adopted city reminds him of his childhood in Bangladesh, when he lived through a dictatorship...'We grew up in a traumatic police state, so I am familiar with this type of situation,' he said.' A short thread.

as a leading lady of the WORLD ENTERTAINMENT / god bless u upon ur birthday & wealth health alliance very good for you / I wish 50 birthday cakes be distributed in the INDUSTRY & POLITICAL EMPLOYEES ANDHRA / Telangana / just 25000 INR / u may take from KCR CM FUNDS? um* CBI *FBI* as a leading lady of the WORLD ENTERTAINMENT / god bless u upon ur birthday & wealth health alliance very good for you / I wish 50 birthday cakes be distributed in the INDUSTRY & POLITICAL EMPLOYEES ANDHRA / Telangana / just 25000 INR / u may take from KCR CM FUNDS? um* CBI *FBI*

as a leading lady of the WORLD ENTERTAINMENT / god bless u upon ur birthday & wealth health alliance very good for you / I wish 50 birthday cakes be distributed in the INDUSTRY & POLITICAL EMPLOYEES ANDHRA / Telangana / just 25000 INR / u may take from KCR CM FUNDS? um* CBI *FBI* EricaLG This is what it looks like when people refuse to look away from injustice and respond appropriately. More Americans need to be on the right side of history. JusticeForGeorgeFloyd RAISETHEDEGREE EndRacismNow BlackLivesMatter

So looting and burning buildings is justice? STUPID It’s a terrific restaurant. Great food. Great vibe. Really nice people. Popular joint. nhannahjones Does anyone know if there is a fundraiser to rebuild their restaurant? nhannahjones His insurance gunna kick in and he ain't gotta worry any the COVID loss's anymore

nhannahjones 🙏🙏 It’s not all target and auto zone. We will be here to help him and other rebuild. Ruhel is the best. ❤️❤️❤️ I hope his insurer is as sympathetic. He buys from every vendor at the local markets and works to build positive community. Thank you for highlighting Gandhi_Mahal's Ruhel Islam. I can't wait to visit again soon. ❤️

AdrianeQ Go home taylr Probably had great fire insurance. Saved his a$$ from bankruptcy due to the man forcing him to stay closed. You cannot rebuild murdered unborn babies either Hey guys! Where’s the official go fund me to help the locally owned businesses like his? marcuslemonis So you must be comparing the Protesters with a Traumatic Police State. Because it's NOT the Police that are burning down your stores.

Exactly. He gets it. OK. So burn down the entire United States and rebuild it in the name of seeking justice for every police brutality. When you have no great and prosperous country left and you leave to seek greener pastures in another country, maybe then you'll come to your senses. ReelTalker Thank you Sorry 4 your loss.

So this Thug is justifying the looters. This is what’s wrong with this country What if someone burnt down the NYT building? Everyone knows that the riots and violence are wrong, but what amazes me is people justifying it. This is the best Indian food in Minneapolis Future mayor of post-modern powder-keg city right there. At the very least BLM will let him rebuild with the insurance pay-out before torching the place again.

Beautiful buildings burn in beautiful fires. They'll turn in an insurance claim and reopen the restaurant. Other policy holders will see premiums rise from protests like this. There is no excuse for violent protesting. These protesters turned Floyd into an excuse for bad behavior. Ruble Islam is his name, but Gandhi Mahal is the name of his restaurant? So not an Indian restaurant really.

Life is all about perspective. And he knows to focus on the root cause. Propaganda! I don't support the burning down of business and property. That's someone's livelihood. People wouldn't like it if someone destroyed their workplace and were suddenly out of work. Or had their business destroyed because of an issue they weren't involved in.

More 'glorifying violence' from FakeNews ! EnemyOfThePeople Thats because he knows this was Democrat Antifa that is responsible. Is there a GoFundMe or something for him we can donate to Ruhel islam seems like a Bangladeshi, named restaurant after Gandhi. What a confusion. Gross. Bye bye affordable housing

Then the hell did we spend $6 million on from 1973 to 1978 “We cannot rebuild a human being” Yeah, right. He didn’t burn his own building.

Restaurant Owner Shows Solidarity With Protesters: ‘Let My Building Burn’Gandhi Mahal restaurant in Minneapolis was damaged during protests over George Floyd ’s death. That insurance money is gonna make up for alot of lost business during the pandemic! 'LET THE MOTHERFUCKER BURN'! Bullshit. “Let my building burn”. Don’t believe it for a second. Wow. Now that is character.

Minneapolis Restaurant Owner Says ‘Let My Building Burn, Justice Needs to Be Served’In response to the fire damage caused to their restaurant during the ongoing George Floyd protests, the owners of the beloved Bangladeshi restaurant Gandhi Mahal are still siding with the protesters Virtue signal overload Insurance and get a new building in 1 year. Econ101 smart move FoodNetwork get this man a new restaurant, seriously.

Minneapolis police precinct burns as protests rage onGov. Tim Walz activated the state&39;s National Guard and lawmakers pleaded for peace as protests and looting continued in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Well the governor and the mayor didn’t do a damn thing.

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Their Restaurant Burned Down In The Minneapolis Protests. They Just Want Justice For George Floyd.“We can rebuild a building. But we cannot give this man back to his family.” 💚💚 TomiLahren Well you get to pay for it.

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