Mob of thugs trashes left-wing bookshop in Bloomsburg
‘I hope your shop burns down’: Mob of thugs chanting Donald Trump’s name and wearing ‘Make Britain Great Again’ caps trashes left-wing bookshop in London while shouting abuse at staff
- Bookmarks in Bloomsbury said the bookshop was targeted on Saturday evening
- Footage shows people wearing Trump masks and red baseball caps with slogans
- Some of them held placards calling the BBC the ‘Bolshevik Brainwashing Cult’
A left-wing London bookshop was vandalised by a mob of ‘mask-wearing fascists’ chanting Donald Trump’s name who invaded the store and abused staff.
The Bookmarks shop was targetted on Saturday evening by a group wearing ‘Make Britain Great Again’ caps and shouting ‘we love Trump’ as they tore items from the shelves.
Footage posted online – and now deleted – by the group responsible shows around a dozen men and women entering the shop after egging each other on.
The group initially chants slogans before turning their ire on staff, who are falsely branded ‘paedophiles’ – apparently on the basis one of the books on sale has the word ‘boys’ in the title.
In the wake of the attack, leading left-wing names including authors and an MP have expressed ‘solidarity’ with the staff.
The shop, in Bloomsbury, central London, said they were targeted by a dozen far right assailants attempting to intimidate customers and staff just before closing time.
A statement from the bookshop posted on Facebook said the shop was attacked by ‘around a dozen mask-wearing fascists’ at 6.45pm on Saturday evening.
The statement urged supporters to ‘send solidarity’ to shop staff, in a post that has been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook and retweeted around 400 times.
Right-wingers attack the socialist bookshop Bookmarks in Bloomsbury on Saturday evening
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The statement said: ‘They attempted to intimidate staff and customers and to destroy books and materials. Fortunately, no one was hurt.’
They added: ‘We will not let this happen! Never Again’, and said on Twitter ‘this is the true face of fascism. No Pasaran!’.
Metropolitan Police officers were called at around 6.35pm to reports of a protest at the store. No arrests were made.
A second call was made ‘a short time later’ telling police the group had caused damage inside the shop. Police said an appointment was made for officers to speak to the complainant.
A press release issued by anti-racism group Stand Up To Racism claimed some of the attackers held placards which read ‘British Bolshevik Cult’, while one wore a mask of US President Donald Trump.
They were seen wearing ‘Make Britain Great Again’ caps in a reference to Donald Trump
A placard referring to the BBC as the ‘Bolshevik Brainwashing Cult’ is seen in the video
A member of staff at the shop, the official bookseller of the TUC, told the organisation that books on Islamaphobia were ‘ridiculed and thrown around’.
‘They chanted about Muslims and Paedophilia, and called us traitors. While not mentioning Tommy Robinson, the links are there to see,’ the worker said.
Stand Up To Racism added that the attackers threatened to return and picked up a copy of The Jewish Question off the shelf, ‘holding it aloft as proof of the anti-Semitism of the left’.
Michael Bradley, speaking on behalf of the group, said: ‘Luckily no one was hurt this time, but this is a sinister development that indicates the growing confidence of the far right who feel they can attack a bookshop in central London in broad daylight.
‘Attacking a bookshop also exposes their claims to be defenders of free speech as hollow.’
A man with a Donald Trump mask holds a placard with another man wearing a red cap
Bookmarks in Bloomsbury, central London, said the store was targeted by a dozen far right assailants attempting to intimidate customers and staff
Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq tweeted of the ‘utterly despicable’ incident: ‘Free speech and independent bookshops – under threat in an age where intolerance and Amazon flourish – should be cherished. Utterly despicable.’
Support also came from singer Billy Bragg, who wrote on Twitter: ‘Bookmarks socialist bookshop has been attacked by mask wearing fascists. Send them your solidarity’.
His post was shared by children’s author Michael Rosen, while writer Jonathan Coe tweeted ‘this is shocking’.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), expressed ‘solidarity’ and added: ‘Another sinister reminder of the growing confidence of the far right.’
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