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‘Never again!’

Unite stands in solidarity with socialist bookshop Bookmarks after fascist attack
Ryan Fletcher, Monday, August 6th, 2018

Vile right-wing thugs attacked a socialist and trade union bookshop in central London on Saturday (August 4), prompting an outpouring of solidarity for the bookseller and its staff.


Around a dozen masked fascists barged into Bookmarks, in Bloomsbury, in an attempt to “intimidate staff and customers” shortly before the shop closed.


The mob were caught on video damaging books and displays as they verbally abused staff, who remained calm and collected throughout the episode.


A post on Bookmarks’ Facebook page stated, “On Saturday evening around 6:45 just as we were closing, Bookmarks was attacked by around a dozen mask-wearing fascists.


“They attempted to intimidate staff and customers and to destroy books and materials. Fortunately no one was hurt.


“We will not let this happen! Never Again!”


The shop’s Twitter account was also defiant, saying: “This is the true face of fascism. No Pasaran! (They shall not pass).”


Following the attack the shop, which is a bookseller for the TUC, and its staff received hundreds of messages of solidarity.


Unite general secretary Len McCluskey tweeted, “Yesterday the far right attacked Bookmarks bookshop. It doesn’t matter it’s a left wing bookshop, it matters that they ripped up books. The Nazis burned books. I stand with the staff and all those who support Bookmarks.”


Unite’s mixed fleet branch also expressed solidarity and condemned the attack as “cowardly”.


In a tweet, the mixed fleet branch provided a link to a list of publications on fighting fascism stocked by Bookmarks and said the incident was “a timely reminder to educate ourselves on these thugs”.


The attack on Bookmarks comes after a Unite bus driver received widespread praise for her bravery in the face of racist abuse from another fascist mob, which blocked her vehicle in July as it made its way through Trafalgar Square.


Both the Bookmarks incident and the stoppage of the bus were instigated by extremists who had travelled to central London in support of far-right figureheads.


The individuals involved in the Bookmarks attack were seen at a rally earlier on Saturday against Facebook’s banning of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website for hate speech.


Those responsible for blocking the bus were part of a Football Lads Alliance demonstration against the jailing of English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson for contempt of court.






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