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Turkey: Protests follow attack on Radiohead listening party in Istanbul

Sunday 19 June 2016, by siawi3


Men carrying sticks and bottles entered Turkish record store which was sampling band’s new album Friday

The Associated Press Posted: Jun 18, 2016 5:20 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 18, 2016 5:20 PM ET

Photo: A ripped up poster advertising the streaming event of Radiohead’s new album, at a record shop, in Istanbul Saturday following an alleged attack on fans. (Dominique Soguel/The Associated Press)

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting an attack the previous night targeting an event for Radiohead fans.

Skirmishes between police and demonstrators broke out Saturday near a record store that hosted the Radiohead event Friday night that ended in violence.

On Friday, a mob of men carrying sticks and bottles attacked Radiohead fans who had gathered at the Velvet Indieground store to listen to Radiohead’s new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, according to Turkish media reports.

Rayka Simoni told the private Dogan news agency that people were drinking beer and chatting when about 20 men began to throw glass bottles at them.

Videoposted online allegedly showing the attack suggested the assailants were angered by participants drinking alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Radiohead wasn’t there at the time, but issued a statement offering their “love and support” to Istanbul fans.

“We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past,” the band wrote.

The record shop was locked Saturday morning and posters advertising the streaming event were ripped off nearby walls.