The owners of an east London Jack the Ripper museum which has already been the subject of protests are "disappointed" that a group of anti-gentrification campaigners who attacked a cereal café are planning to hold another demonstration there.
Several hundred protesters paraded through the streets of London's "hipster central" area of Shoreditch on 26 September during the third event organised under the F**k Parade banner.
During the protests, the Cereal Killer Café – which charges as much as £3.20 for a bowl of cereal in one of the more deprived areas of London – was vandalised with paint by activists carrying pigs' heads and burning effigies of police officers.
The owners of the café, twin brothers Gary and Alan Keery, condemned the "senseless violence" against their business, which they said left children inside "terrified for their lives".
F**K Parade, organised by anarchist group Class War, later announced it is planning to stage a similar demonstration outside the Jack the Ripper Museum in Whitechapel's Cable Street in a bid to "stop the glorification of sexual violence against women" on 4 October.
The museum about the infamous female serial killer was heavily criticised when it opened after its planning application originally stated it would be a museum to celebrate the "historic, current and future contribution of the women of the East End".
The owners of the museum said they were "upset" at the violence and criminal damage aimed towards the Cereal Killer Café and once again dismissed the claims the Jack the Ripper museum is a "celebration" of the murderer.
Spokesperson Joshua Walker said: "Having met with delegates from Class War for a coffee only a few weeks ago and enjoying a friendly rapport with them, I'm disappointed that they have planned another attack on the museum – rather than working with us on our mission to tell the stories of the women of the East End and helping us with our upcoming exhibition schedules, charity work, debates and fundraising.
"We do not believe that targeting small local businesses is the answer to protecting the interests of the poorest members of our local community – issues that we are equally passionate about and look to help with our fundraising and charity efforts".
Explaining the controversial theme, Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, the man behind the museum, added: "During planning discussions with both our architects and with Tower Hamlets council I disclosed that I had been a governor of the Museum in Docklands when they held their Jack the Ripper and the East End exhibition. I clearly stated that the museum I wanted to build would be based to a large extent on this exhibition. Indeed a number of images from that exhibition were used to illustrate the planning application submitted"
"The museum is not a celebration of Jack the Ripper, it does not condone a killer who murdered women, but tells the story of the lives of the women who fell victim to him and his heinous crimes. It explores the impact of these crimes and the subsequent social reforms in east London – many which can still be felt today. It also looks at the ineffectiveness of the police investigation, the suspects and questions why Jack the Ripper was never caught."
Elsewhere, Met Police is appealing for information and witnesses to come forward regarding the protests in Shoreditch which also left one officer injured after protesters began throwing bottles and other missiles.
Superintendent Pete Turner, in charge of Operations at Tower Hamlets Borough, said: "While we respect and will facilitate the right to peaceful protest we will never condone violence. My officers are currently reviewing the CCTV from both the café and the local authority. Any individual identified as being involved in the violence will be actively sought, arrested and brought to justice."