FREEDOM, a legendary anarchist bookstore in east London, was firebombed on Friday morning. This is the store that Peter Kropotkin helped found in the 19th century, and the home of a monthly newspaper that published Emma Goldman. No one was hurt, and no one seems to know who did it, or why. The store was uninsured.
They're having a community clean-up day today. I wish I could go, but it's my daughter's fifth birthday, so I'll be donating to the repair and rebuilding fund. This is a ghastly, senseless act.
The bookshop has been firebombed. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but there's quite a lot of damage from both the fire and the water used to douse the flames.
If you'd like to help us sort out some of the mess, please come down to the shop on Saturday 2nd February from 1pm and give us a helping hand. See here for details.
We're still assessing the damage, so watch this space for further news.
If you'd like help us out financially, cheques or postal orders made payable to Freedom Press can be sent to Freedom Press, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.
You can also help by ordering books through our website here and then emailing us at email@example.com to let us know that your purchase was a donation.
I can't say enough about what a tragedy this is. FREEDOM is an institution and an incredible bookstore.
(Photo: International Times)