ARSONISTS have attacked a site occupied by residents fighting a McDonald's restaurant in Tecoma.
Fires lit on Saturday night damaged signs, furniture and a tent in the community garden protest site and highlighted tensions in the small Tecoma community.
Protest organiser Shakti McLaren said the fires appeared to have been lit by "angry kids" in favour of the restaurant.
"The majority of the community are against this but some people are getting angry [about the protest].
"These young kids have come down another time but we ended up being able to sit down and talk with them."
An administrator of the "Yes to Tecoma McDonalds" facebook page has written in support of the attack.
"We are pro-anything that upsets you hippies. So burn garden, burn!"
Protester Brian Baker said the attack was an intimidating act that could have spun out of control.
The attack came as an Aboriginal elder called on McDonald's to abandon its proposed restaurant.
Murrindindi, the Wurundjeri Nation headman, visited the protest site in Tecoma yesterday to add his voice to the outcry over the arrival of the fast-food giant. He said the proposal was an affront to the memory of his ancestors.
"The people up here are connected to the spirit of the land. McDonald's is going to take in junk food and spoil the views of the mountains and the valleys."