A dozen far-right activists attacked Bookmarks, a socialist bookshop in London, yesterday 4th August.
They tore up books, overturned displays and threatened staff. Holding up a book by a Jewish socialist who died in Auschwitz they called the staff antisemites.
A Met spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 18:35hrs on Saturday, 4 August to reports of a protest inside a shop on Bloomsbury Street, WC1.
There were no injuries and no arrests have been made.
One of the attackers wore a Donald Trump mask and some of the attackers carried placards reading “British Bolshevik Cult”
The attackers may have attended the far right protest against the censorship of conspiracy theorist website Infowars on Saturday where protesters appeared with the same placards as the attackers.
Michael Bradley, from Stand up to Racism, 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.”
Analysis from Iwan Doherty- Editor in Chief
It’s 2018 and the far right can attack a bookshop in broad daylight, that’s scary.
The far right is growing in the UK and various groups have turned a blind eye to their violence and hate. They are not the defenders of free speech, my colleague Chris Rose wrote a great piece on this recently, they are nothing more than thugs. Attacking Union leaders and bookshops reveal them for what they truly are. Authoritarians.
The media must do more to expose the far right, this attack will get next to zero coverage, and the way the left and right are treated differently by this country’s mainstream media has allowed radicals on the right to be compared to serious moderate left-wing figures. Exposing movements like the FLA is the key to destroying them.