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Reports that SWP bookshop Bookmarks attacked

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
Why do they claim they're "beating the fascists back" and "standing up to fascists" and "not letting them pass" when they do nothing of the sort?? :confused:
That's my gripe, along with them going home early, just be honest about what they're about
When I was trying to get back from welling there was a line of coaches must have been a mile long, none of the fuckers would let us on - all SWP coaches. Finally came across a London guildhall uni or queen mary, forget which, bus which took us back to mile end.
 

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
The remarkable thing with this is the inaction of the popo. Various charges could be applied to the shop invaders. If this happened at other places then the full force of the law would be evident.
As I recall the antifa trial some years back occurred in the absence of anyone who'd collided with the defendants: no need for an actual complaint to be made to the police
 

Wilf

Slouching towards Billingham
The remarkable thing with this is the inaction of the popo. Various charges could be applied to the shop invaders. If this happened at other places then the full force of the law would be evident.
Didn't hear the Today Prog, but I think the SWP should abandon the 'attacked by masked up fascists' line as it over eggs the thing massively. A politically savvy approach would be to stick to the 'here's the reality of ukip and other groups approaches to free speech - invading a bookshop' - and to go after them to pay for the damaged stock and displays.
 

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
Didn't hear the Today Prog, but I think the SWP should abandon the 'attacked by masked up fascists' line as it over eggs the thing massively. A politically savvy approach would be to stick to the 'here's the reality of ukip and other groups approaches to free speech - invading a bookshop' - and to go after them to pay for the damaged stock and displays.
yeh the way they paint it it's a dozen c18 storming in and everyone lucky to survive their violent onslaught whereas the reality everyone lucky to survive the shower of spittle and nonsense to which they were subjected.
 

The39thStep

Well-Known Member
The remarkable thing with this is the inaction of the popo. Various charges could be applied to the shop invaders. If this happened at other places then the full force of the law would be evident.
Didn't the original police statement say that they would be making an appointment to speak to the complainant?
 

Fozzie Bear

Well-Known Member
Didn't hear the Today Prog, but I think the SWP should abandon the 'attacked by masked up fascists' line as it over eggs the thing massively. A politically savvy approach would be to stick to the 'here's the reality of ukip and other groups approaches to free speech - invading a bookshop' - and to go after them to pay for the damaged stock and displays.
In an unusual example of competence, the original statement about masked thugs was picked up on by the Today Programme interviewer who suggested it was exaggerating it a bit. The response from the Bookmarks bod was a bit of a deflection so I think people would have reached the correct conclusion.
 

SpackleFrog

Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts
Didn't hear the Today Prog, but I think the SWP should abandon the 'attacked by masked up fascists' line as it over eggs the thing massively. A politically savvy approach would be to stick to the 'here's the reality of ukip and other groups approaches to free speech - invading a bookshop' - and to go after them to pay for the damaged stock and displays.
Yeah, but they know with a bit of social media outrage they'll get a lot more from donations :rolleyes: fair play to them for capitalising on it, but to do it so...dishonestly is frustrating. They would still have got a good response if they'd taken more of a "look at these idiots and the damage they've caused, don't worry we'll keep on going, why not donate or buy a book?". Maybe better actually, I might have bought something off them.
 

Nigel

For A Degenerates' Workers State
Also, this just in:

Bookmarks bookshop in Bloomsbury, central London, has called on supporters to attend a solidarity event following an attack by far right thugs.

Twelve men invaded the shop last Saturday, destroying displays, wrecking books and chanting Alt-right slogans. One was wearing a Donald Trump mask.

Bookmarks is holding a solidarity event in the shop on Saturday 11 August from 2pm. Throughout the afternoon there will author readings as well as speakers from the trade union and labour movement.

Bookmarks is also calling on supporters to donate funds to help bolster security in the shop and to replace lost stock. Donations can be transferred to: Sort Code: [nope] A/c: [nope]

Bookmarks solidarity event

The Gang's All Here !
Including Figureheads From Counterfire !
Could This Be An 'International Socialists/State Caps. 'Love In' ?

We are gearing up for our Solidarity Day on Saturday.
Speakers who will be joining us at some point during the afternoon include:
--Tariq Ali, campaigner and author of Street Fighting Years
--David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs and Debt
--Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of Bordered Lives and Angry White People: Coming Face to Face with the British Far Right
--Robert Verkaik, author of Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain

**Please note there will be a rolling programme of speakers all afternoon, so don't feel you all have to arrive at 2pm!
The numbers expected are huge, so we have booked extra space at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, two minutes' walk from Bookmarks Bookshop, and we will be asking authors and others to speak there as well as visiting the shop.

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

2pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church:
Welcome: David Gilchrist, Bookmarks manager
--Louise Raw, historian and author of Striking A Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History
--Judith Orr, author of Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights
--Kerry Abel, chair of the Abortion Rights campaign UK
--John Rees, author of The Leveller Revolution
--Taranjit Chana and Fevzi Hussein from GMB Race – the GMB union’s self-organised Ethnic Minority network
--Brian Richardson, co-author of Say It Loud! Marxism and the fight against Racism and assistant secretary of Unite Against Fascism

3pm
--Ann Mitchell, stage and TV actor known for EastEnders, will read a poem
--Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition and author of How A Century of War Changed the Lives of Women
--Louise Regan, Equality Officer, National Education Union
--David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History
--Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism

4pm
--Roger Huddle, one of the founders of Rock Against Racism, will read from Reminiscences of RAR
--Kim Sherwood, author of Testament, a novel about the Holocaust
--Declan Power, London Regional secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union
--Paul Holborow, co-founder of the Anti Nazi League
WE WILL ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS AS THEY CONFIRM...
 

Smoking kills

Well-Known Member
The Gang's All Here !
Including Figureheads From Counterfire !
Could This Be An 'International Socialists/State Caps. 'Love In' ?

We are gearing up for our Solidarity Day on Saturday.
Speakers who will be joining us at some point during the afternoon include:
--Tariq Ali, campaigner and author of Street Fighting Years
--David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs and Debt
--Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of Bordered Lives and Angry White People: Coming Face to Face with the British Far Right
--Robert Verkaik, author of Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain

**Please note there will be a rolling programme of speakers all afternoon, so don't feel you all have to arrive at 2pm!
The numbers expected are huge, so we have booked extra space at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, two minutes' walk from Bookmarks Bookshop, and we will be asking authors and others to speak there as well as visiting the shop.

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

2pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church:
Welcome: David Gilchrist, Bookmarks manager
--Louise Raw, historian and author of Striking A Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History
--Judith Orr, author of Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights
--Kerry Abel, chair of the Abortion Rights campaign UK
--John Rees, author of The Leveller Revolution
--Taranjit Chana and Fevzi Hussein from GMB Race – the GMB union’s self-organised Ethnic Minority network
--Brian Richardson, co-author of Say It Loud! Marxism and the fight against Racism and assistant secretary of Unite Against Fascism

3pm
--Ann Mitchell, stage and TV actor known for EastEnders, will read a poem
--Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition and author of How A Century of War Changed the Lives of Women
--Louise Regan, Equality Officer, National Education Union
--David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History
--Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism

4pm
--Roger Huddle, one of the founders of Rock Against Racism, will read from Reminiscences of RAR
--Kim Sherwood, author of Testament, a novel about the Holocaust
--Declan Power, London Regional secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union
--Paul Holborow, co-founder of the Anti Nazi League
WE WILL ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS AS THEY CONFIRM...
The Gang's All Here !
Including Figureheads From Counterfire !
Could This Be An 'International Socialists/State Caps. 'Love In' ?

We are gearing up for our Solidarity Day on Saturday.
Speakers who will be joining us at some point during the afternoon include:
--Tariq Ali, campaigner and author of Street Fighting Years
--David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs and Debt
--Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of Bordered Lives and Angry White People: Coming Face to Face with the British Far Right
--Robert Verkaik, author of Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain

**Please note there will be a rolling programme of speakers all afternoon, so don't feel you all have to arrive at 2pm!
The numbers expected are huge, so we have booked extra space at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, two minutes' walk from Bookmarks Bookshop, and we will be asking authors and others to speak there as well as visiting the shop.

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

2pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church:
Welcome: David Gilchrist, Bookmarks manager
--Louise Raw, historian and author of Striking A Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History
--Judith Orr, author of Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights
--Kerry Abel, chair of the Abortion Rights campaign UK
--John Rees, author of The Leveller Revolution
--Taranjit Chana and Fevzi Hussein from GMB Race – the GMB union’s self-organised Ethnic Minority network
--Brian Richardson, co-author of Say It Loud! Marxism and the fight against Racism and assistant secretary of Unite Against Fascism

3pm
--Ann Mitchell, stage and TV actor known for EastEnders, will read a poem
--Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition and author of How A Century of War Changed the Lives of Women
--Louise Regan, Equality Officer, National Education Union
--David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History
--Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism

4pm
--Roger Huddle, one of the founders of Rock Against Racism, will read from Reminiscences of RAR
--Kim Sherwood, author of Testament, a novel about the Holocaust
--Declan Power, London Regional secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union
--Paul Holborow, co-founder of the Anti Nazi League
WE WILL ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS AS THEY CONFIRM...
What time do Hawkwind come on?
 

19force8

For the avoidance of faith
The Gang's All Here !
Including Figureheads From Counterfire !
Could This Be An 'International Socialists/State Caps. 'Love In' ?

We are gearing up for our Solidarity Day on Saturday.
Speakers who will be joining us at some point during the afternoon include:
--Tariq Ali, campaigner and author of Street Fighting Years
etc, etc.
WE WILL ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS AS THEY CONFIRM...
Ah, how times have changed:
From SPARTACIST Britain April 1981:

The attack on the Socialist Workers Party bookshop is an attack on every socialist and worker and all the oppressed. An appeal fund has been established to help defray the costs of restoring the premises, and contributions can be sent to the Socialist Workers Bookshop Appeal Fund, 224 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. But more, this act of murderous arson must be met with massive, active protest by the entire labour movement and defenders of democratic rights, and underlines the urgent need to build trade union/black defence guards to stop the fascists' rampage of terror.
Just a simple appeal fund, but accompanied by straightforward solidarity from even the most sectarian groups on the left.

I still have some of the fire damaged books I bought then including Bruce Catton's excellent ACW trilogy.
 
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