POLICE officers were guarding an anarchist bookshop in East London today after it was firebombed during the night.
The attack on Freedom Bookshop, in Whitechapel, was said to have happened at around 5.30am after, it appears, a security shutter was wrenched open.
Damage was said to be limited to the ground floor, however, books, furniture and the electrics were badly burnt forcing the shop to close for the coming days.
A tweet from the shops account said: ‘Freedom was firebombed last night. No-one hurt, upstairs is okay but shop and electrics have been seriously damaged.’
Followed by: ‘Not much to be done today, but plan for clean-up and appeal for cash (no insurance sadly) will be getting sorted asap.’
A volunteer at the Advisory Service for Squatters, that operates from the first floor of the shop, said he only discovered what had happened when he arrived for work today and hoped it would be open again sometime next week.
He believed it could be the work of fascists who have previously targeted the nearby mosque.
Activist groups voiced their support on Twitter with Green and Black Cross, that supports activists that have been arrested, charged or prosecuted, said: ‘Sad to hear our friends @Freedom_Paper got firebombed last night. Def worth a #FF to see how you might be able to help them cleanup.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were looking into the matter.