Freedom rises from the ashes and Bristol chips in

they can burn the books but they cant kill the spirit!
they can burn the books but they cant kill the spirit!

Sometime after 4am on Friday 1st February, the Freedom bookshop and social space in London was firebombed, after persons unknown had forced open a locked metal shutter – sounds like they came prepared!

Fire and water damage was considerable, but not terminal, and luckily nobody was hurt. Britain’s oldest, and probably largest, anarchist bookshop was up and running again within days thanks to an amazing response from supporters around London. The rest of the building is operating reasonably well, allowing the numerous groups who meet or have offices there to continue their work.

Many groups and individuals around the UK and beyond have provided support and solidarity, and there’s an ongoing series of fundraisers to help Freedom pay for repairs and replenish its stocks of books.

Freedom benefitOn 22 February there will be an event in Bristol, which has been organised by the BrewHaHa crew. Details are:

Friday 22 February, 8pm to 2.30am
The Red Lion pub, 206 Whitehall road, Bristol, BS5 9BP
Entry by donation – could you give Freedom the equivalent of a pint or two?
Bands playing: the mighty Spanner from Bristol (militant ska punk), and London legends Headjam (crusty dub punk)
Plus BrewHaHa DJ’s

We’ll see you all there!