An angry mob attacked a record store in Istanbul for celebrating Radiohead’s new album during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
A group of about 20 Islamists vandalized the record store and attacked a group of Radiohead fans with clubs and bottles threatening to burn the place down.
Up to 20 men identified as radical Islamists used pipes and bottles as weapons, according to witnesses. The attackers also reportedly threatened to burn down the record store with all the people inside.
A video account of the attack was posted by the store owner on the Reddit website. The camera was originally set up to stream the Radiohead event, but unwittingly captured the attack.
The owner gave the following account:
“I am the person that’s speaking in that video. I am the owner of that periscope account. They were determined to kill us. We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads; I don’t even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys. Just hoping that no one will die.”
In the video, a group of screaming men is seen entering the store and eventually violently forcing everyone out. The group then comes back in and begins smashing up the equipment. The attackers are also seen swinging their hands and trying to beat up the customers.
— dilâra ♀ (@DilaraGurcu) June 17, 2016
The brutal assault continued outside the store, but the camera angle only allowed a limited view.
Pictures of at least one injured person drenched in blood were posted on Twitter.
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