Owen Jones beaten up in 'blatant premeditated assault'

18 Août, 2019, 22:37 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends and being followed by a gang in London at about 2am. "Six of us left the pub at 3am and were saying our goodbyes 30 metres away, then a group of 3-4 men left the pub, made a beeline for me, kicked me in the back, threw me on the ground, slamming my head, and kicked me in the skull".

He wrote on Twitter: 'My friends were punched trying to defend me.

He carried on to say: 'What happened - to be clear - is they spotted me in the pub, waited for us to leave, and then launched their attack when we were away from the pub - it was planned, not a random attack'.

Owen Jones, speaking at an anti-Boris Johnson rally.

Mr Jones has said he believes his attackers were far right activists.

The Met said it was working to establish the "full circumstances".

'An attack on a journalist is an attack on free speech and our fundamental values'.

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Mr Jones told the BBC he had spent Friday night with his partner and some friends at the Lexington pub on Pentonville Road, Islington.

Police confirmed they received a report and had spoken to witnesses, though no arrests have yet been made.

The Lexington's general manager, Chris Smith, said he had looked back at the venue's CCTV and thought it was "possible" the suspects were caught on footage.

Following the reported attack messaged of support for Mr Jones were posted across social media.

"The far right is an increasingly scary, violent and threatening menace in this country and other countries as well", he said.

"Given the far right attacks I've had in the streets, and generally escalating far right threats I've had, I'm in no doubt as to what this is". "We can't let them intimidate us, and we will defeat them".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott was one of hundreds of people to respond to Mr Jones's tweet about the incident, saying: "The times we live in are increasingly dark and dangerous".

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