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'Our hearts go out' to fans attacked in Istanbul: Radiohead

“We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past," band members said in a statement.
Thom Yorke in 2012 in Sydney, Australia.Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Members of Radiohead said their “hearts go out” to fans who were attacked during an album release party for the band’s latest release at an Istanbul record shop Friday.

The party at Velvet IndieGround Records was part of a promotional event for “A Moon Shaped Pool"—the band’s first album in over five years—in which fans all over the world livestreamed themselves on Periscope listening to the record.

As such, video captured the scene when a group of men—apparently angry that the fans were drinking alcohol and listening to music during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan—suddenly stormed the record store and assaulted those in attendance.

No one was killed in the attack, though some sustained serious injuries.

"They were determined to kill us,” one of the store’s owners reportedly told local media. “We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads. I don't even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys, just hoping that no one will die."

“Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul,” the band’sstatement reads.

“We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support.”

 

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