Restaurant owner says 'let my building burn,' calls for George Floyd justice

Gandhi Mahal is among the many businesses damaged in the unrest.
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The owner of a Twin Cities restaurant damaged in the civil unrest has said "let my building burn" as he called for justice for George Floyd.

Ruhel Islam, who owns Gandhi Mahal at 3009 27th Av. S., sent a message via his daughter that was posted on his restaurant's Facebook page.

It notes that the restaurant was one of those burned in the riots and has taken damage, and thanked the neighbors who stood by trying to protect the restaurant.

He then issued a call for justice for Floyd, whose death during arrest on Monday has sparked the protests – both peaceful and otherwise.

"This is Hafsa, Ruhel’s daughter writing, as I am sitting next to my dad watching the news, I hear him say on the phone: 'let my building burn, justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail.'"

"Gandhi Mahal may have felt the flames last night, but our firey drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! Peace be with everyone. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #BLM."

The post has been shared 7,400 times on Facebook as of noon Friday, and screenshots of his message have been shared widely on Twitter, with the restaurant the top trending topic in. Minneapolis Friday morning.

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