PCS sends full solidarity to Bookmarks bookshop following attack by fascists
PCS joined trades unionists and anti-racist campaigners across the country today, to condemn the attack on Bookmarks bookstore in central London by far right activists at the weekend.
12 hooligans entered the bookstore on Saturday evening just before closing time, shouting racist abuse, wrecking book displays and intimidating staff.
Dave Gilchrist, manager of Bookmarks, said: “This horrific attack on a radical bookshop should send shivers down the spine of anyone who knows their history. The Nazis targeted books because they knew how important radical ideas are for challenging racism and fascism. The same is true today, and that is why we have to show that we won’t be intimidated.”
Police were called but no arrests were made and no one was injured.
There has been an outpouring of support for Bookmarks which has official links with the TUC and is Britain’s largest progressive bookstore.
General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This outrage must not go unchallenged. We have seen a rise in the confidence on the far right from the violent attack on RMT activists to this latest assault on Bookmarks.
“Bookmarks is an institution that is part our movement and when an injury is done one of us, it is done to all of us.
“The thugs who attacked Bookmarks are emboldened by the election of Donald Trump and repeated Islamaphobic rhetoric, most recently from former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
“There is only one way to answer this and that is for all democrats and trade unionists to turn out in huge numbers this Saturday at Bookmarks for a solidarity event in a strong show of unity against fascism and racism.”
PCS members are encouraged to attend.