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Radiohead fans attacked at Istanbul record shop

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Media captionTom Donkin reports: Amateur video, posted online, appears to show the confrontation

UK rock band Radiohead have condemned an attack on people listening to their new album at a record store in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Some 20 suspected Islamists beat up customers and staff for drinking alcohol and listening to music during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Unconfirmed reports said one person was injured in the incident late on Friday.

A protest on Saturday against the attack was dispersed by police using water cannon and tear gas.

Radiohead described the assault on the Velvet Indieground store as an act of "violent intolerance".

Local media reports said the male attackers used sticks and bottles against those present.

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Image caption The record store was damaged in the attack on Friday evening
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Image caption The evening after the attack, scores of protesters took to the streets but were dispersed by police

The store in the central Beyoglu district was livestreaming Radiohead's new album A Moon Shaped Pool.

A Radiohead statement said: "Our hearts go out to those attacked at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul.

"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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