Islamists attack Radiohead fans at Turkish release party

Islamists attack Radiohead fans at Turkish release party, by Gul Tuysuz and Merieme Arif.

A group of men attacked fans at a Radiohead listening party Friday in Istanbul, apparently angry the fans were drinking during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

It was a calm event with people sitting outside in small groups chatting and drinking beer when the attackers came, according to an eyewitness who spoke to several Turkish news agencies.

“All of a sudden bottles were being thrown on us by some men, glass bottles. They were throwing glass bottles at people’s heads,” the eyewitness said.

While there were no serious injuries, one attendee was struck on the head and required medical attention.

Beyoglu mayor, who is from the conservative Muslim ruling party AKP, condemned the attack. “The provocation, the recording being made in the shop, relating the acts with fasting and lifestyle and servicing it is a planned plot against social peace.”

Turkey used to be relatively secular Islamic country. Now the radicals beat you up if don’t follow the strictures of Islam. Listen to the mayor: the party goers were a “planned plot against social peace”. Just do as we say and there will be no violence. Religion of peace. Sure.

Mob attacks music fans for listening to Radiohead during Islamic holy month of Ramadan, by Ben Brennan.

“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 (sic) don’t even know how we made it out. i will share the details later guys. just hoping that noone will die,”