Thursday 19 October 2017

Nazi-themed cafe is shut after backlash

Associated Press

The owner of a Nazi-themed cafe in central Indonesia said yesterday he has decided to permanently close down amid intense pressure from home and abroad.

Henry Mulyana, who ran the Soldatenkaffee in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, met with local authorities yesterday, and tourism chief Herry M Djauhari suggested that Mr Mulyana change the name and theme of the cafe. City officials had earlier expressed concerns about the cafe's motives and worried it might incite hate and racism in the town, which is a tourist destination.

Mr Mulyana said he is considering his options, but will not reopen the Soldatenkaffee cafe. The cafe opened in 2011.

Mr Mulyana insisted that he was not pro-Nazi but that he was instead using the decorations to attract customers.

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