Reports that SWP bookshop Bookmarks attacked

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by PaulOK, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    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.
  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    For obvious reasons
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  3. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    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.
  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    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
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  5. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    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.
  6. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    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.
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  7. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Didn't the original police statement say that they would be making an appointment to speak to the complainant?
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  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    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.
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  10. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    What's next, Hazel Blears calls in for a Rosa Luxemburg hoodie?
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  11. SpackleFrog

    SpackleFrog Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts

    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.
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  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Trots gonna trot.
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  13. SpackleFrog

    SpackleFrog Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts

    OI. Less of that. They're not trots. Not proper trots.

    State capitalist heresy :mad:
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Swappies gonna swop. :)
  15. SpackleFrog

    SpackleFrog Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts

    That's fine you can say that comrade I will allow this as it is sufficiently orthodox
  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    noel edmonds' swappie shop
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  17. Nigel

    Nigel For A Degenerates' Workers State

    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.


    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

    --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

    --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
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  18. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

  19. Nigel

    Nigel For A Degenerates' Workers State

    It's almost as if they orchaestrated this.
    They definitely know how to milk it !
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  20. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    … and Graeber, an anarchist of some description (well, an Occupyish gent).
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  21. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member

    Are these speakers aware of the SWP's recent history?
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  22. SpackleFrog

    SpackleFrog Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts

    Maybe they aren't :eek::hmm: Maybe you should tell them! :thumbs::thumbs:
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  23. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    Hang on, I'll check...

    … 37% are, 63% not, though the figure rises to 100% if you only ask those that are members of the SWP.

    FFS, treelover!
  24. Smoking kills

    Smoking kills Well-Known Member

    What time do Hawkwind come on?
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  25. SpackleFrog

    SpackleFrog Smash showy bell-bottom pants and sporty haircuts

    Not that kind of gang...

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  26. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Intresting choice to headline.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
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  27. Red Sky

    Red Sky It was like that when I got here.

    Hurry on Sundown.
  28. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    I suppose their recent history consists exclusively of a) the delta business and b) turning up to idb and their show of solidarity pissing you off
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  29. 19force8

    19force8 For the avoidance of faith

    Ah, how times have changed:
    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.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  30. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side


    It'll be interesting to see what running a bunch of solicitors make on this and what conclusions are drawn
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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