When the far right targets books, it should ring alarm bells for us all | David Gilchrist

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The violent attack on my bookshop Bookmarks at the weekend could never have happened without Trump, and Britain’s ‘hostile environment’
• David Gilchrist is the manager of Bookmarks in London

Just as we were preparing to close up our shop on Saturday evening, about a dozen men invaded Bookmarks bookshop in central London and started knocking over displays and shouting at staff. One was wearing a Donald Trump mask, others wore baseball caps saying Make Britain Great Again. One wore a union jack as a cape. They zeroed in on books about Islamophobia, and ripped up copies of an anti-racist magazine.

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