From International Times
FREEDOM BOOKSHOP AND AUTONOMY CLUB has been firebombed.
The attack on the Whitechapel bookshop took place on Friday morning at 5.30am.
The downstairs section of the shop is badly damaged. Electrics are damaged. Many books are burnt or charred. Upstairs is untouched. No one was hurt.
The fire-bomb was projected through a downstairs shop-window.
An emergency meeting is taking place on Friday afternoon at The White Hart pub close to Angel Alley.
No one has claimed responsibility and the general response can be summed up in three letters: WTF?
IT suggests that if it’s a lone nutter with a grudge or a small-time fascist, the perpetrator will appear on CCTV. If it’s an attack by the powers-that-be, the perpetrator may not appear on CCTV.
The Left has a whodunnit to solve. A book-burning is bad enough; a bookshop-burning is a very serious crime.
Also, there is a mess to clean up and a campaign to raise funds.
Publishers, record shops, and magazines have already pledged to donate stock and sales proceeds to help FREEDOM ‘rebuild’ .
People will gather at the shop from 1pm on Saturday Feb 2 to start the work.
Here are some shots of the interior:
Photos: FREEDOM BOOKSHOP AND AUTONOMY CLUB