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Anarchist bookshop in London hit in suspected firebomb attack

2:06 pm - 02/01/2013
An east London store known as “Britain’s largest anarchist bookshop” has been badly damaged in a suspected firebomb attack.

The fire took place last night at the Freedom Press bookshop in Whitechapel, which stocks thousands of books, newspapers and pamphlets, as well as publications by anarchist and radical groups.

A tweet by Freedom Press today said that no-one was hurt in the incident and added: “Upstairs is okay but shop and electrics have been seriously damaged.

“Not much to be done today, but plan for clean-up and appeal for cash (no insurance coverage sadly) will be getting sorted out asap.”

A ‘solidarity clean up’ is planned for 1pm tomorrow at the shop, which also stocks political t-shirts, badges, CDs and posters.

The bookshop is run by Freedom Press, the largest anarchist bookshop in the country, founded in 1886 by a group of friends who were already publishing a newspaper.

In a later tweet, Freedom Press said: “Not sure yet whether archives survived - we had one of only a few sets covering almost the entire printed history of the paper boxed in shop.”

Police confirmed officers attended but no further details were immediately available.

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hobnailedboots 1st-Feb-2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
talk about irony

Seriously though, that sucks. :(
beoweasel 1st-Feb-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
You know, I thought the same thing too.
chantalzola 2nd-Feb-2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Ditto.
romp 3rd-Feb-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I can't figure it out. What is the irony?
hobnailedboots 4th-Feb-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
anarchists have a bit of a reputation for using firebombs. Recently there have been incidents linked to anarchist factions in Egypt and Greece.

Having said that, of course, the blame for violence at riots tends to be dumped on anarchists because it's easier for a government to pretend as though it's nobly dealing with the actions of a small, militant, and extreme group, than ignoring the widespread rage of many which has now erupted into violence.
romp 4th-Feb-2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I thought maybe it was the lack of insurance but, of course, that's a pretty anarchist thing to do. :)
minaloush 1st-Feb-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
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romp 2nd-Feb-2013 02:27 am (UTC)
I was only vaguely interested 'cause I knew the anarchist bookstores in Eugene and Berkeley were always getting hit...but 1886? That's amazing.
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