An unidentified man hurled a 20-pound rock through the front window of the Babylon Restaurant in Lowell, Massachusetts, unsettling its owners, recent immigrants, Leyla Al-Zubayd and Ahmed Al-Zubaidi.
Veterans for Peace coordinator Patrick Scanlon heard about the crime and took action, organizing an "eat-in" at the restaurant with other members of the group. His goal was to fill each of the restaurant's 50 seats. Instead, more than 100 people showed up. The veterans — from World War II, Vietnam, the Korean War, Afghanistan and Iraq — took turns waving flags outside the restaurant and eating inside it.
"To try and intimidate and scare these people, who have been through so much, is not acceptable, either here in Lowell or anywhere else….we're just outraged," Scanlon said.
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