British rock band Radiohead fans attacked in Turkey indie music store

AFP , Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Jun 2016

The fans were attending a release party for Radiohead's new album, A Moon Shaped Pool

(Photo: cover of the Radiohead's latest album)

British rock group Radiohead condemned Saturday "violent intolerance" after a group of assailants brutally attacked customers in an Istanbul record store attending an album release party, reportedly angered that the event coincided with Ramadan.

According to Turkish media outlet soL, the attackers were angry that attendees of the event were drinking of alcohol during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

A group of about 20 men accosted and beat up customers and employees at Velvet IndieGround music store in the city's hip Tophane district Friday night. They trashed the store, hurled insults and broke up the release party for the Radiohead album "A Moon Shaped Pool."

Images filmed during the altercation and widely circulating on social media show the attackers hurling barstools and wrecking the store.

One person was seen bleeding with head injuries after being hit with a bottle.

One of the attackers is seen shouting: "We will kill you, you bastards!"

Following the attack, Radiohead released a message through their official publicist stating that: "Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul. We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support.”

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