Tonight, a huge crowd of people trying to have a good time was attacked at the listening party for Radiohead’s new album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Disgustingly, this attack at the Radiohead listening party was just another part of this month’s festivities for deranged extremists, and the Radiohead incident is almost surely not the last act of senseless violence against party-goers the world will see during Ramadan, the holy Muslim month these cowardly “Muslim” extremists — those at the Radiohead event and tens of thousands of others worldwide — have labeled as their “month of terror.”
The Quran endorses Ramadan as a holy month during which Muslims should abide to its teachings even more strictly and try to instill the same behavior in others. It began on June 6 this year and will end on July 5.
For real Muslims, Ramadan means spending time with family, refraining from behaviors the Quran labels “sinful,” such as drinking and smoking, and spreading the Ramadan spirit to those around them — sort of like the Christmas season is meant to be in America and England.
ISIS and ISIL, however, have a rather different — and infinitely more twisted — take on the holy book’s requirements for Ramadan, and it definitely prohibits Radiohead listening parties.
The horrid doctrine was recently reiterated by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, an ISIL leader who is wanted by the U.S. as a terrorist and has a bounty of $5 million, during a 31 minute-long video he sent to followers at the start of Ramadan.
“Ramadan has come near, and it is the month of raids and jihad, the month of conquest. Prepare yourselves and get ready. Let each of you hope that he passes it fighting for Allah’s cause, seeking and hoping for Allah’s reward. Let all of you make it, by Allah’s permission, a month of suffering for the kuffar everywhere. And we specifically direct this to soldiers and supports of the Khilafah in Europe and America.”
ISIS crucifying civilians in Meyadin, Der Ez zor province# for breaking Ramadan, fast. (activists). pic.twitter.com/A9YrEBfHF8— Idriss Nassan (@NassanIdriss) June 17, 2016
Al-Adnani also encouraged Muslim extremists around the world to stage attacks at party-oriented events in big cities near to their homes if they could not make it to the Muslim states. This was likely the inspiration for the shootings at the Orlando nightclub, and almost certainly the cause of tonight’s attacks at the Radiohead party.
Of course, Radiohead cannot be held even partially responsible, as there is no way they could have predicted the Moon Shaped Pool event would be targeted, and one Radiohead fan who had been watching the online stream of the Radiohead party at the time of the attacks commented on Reddit in regards to the perverse nature of the Radiohead incident.
“This is just happened one hour ago.
“There is an AMSP promotion event at Velvet Indieground (record store) in Istanbul Turkey today. Around 21:00 (local time) a group of m****rf***ers attacked and beaten up the shop owner, manhandled the visitors and vandalized the store. And their reason: just because of Turkey is in Ramadan (fasting) month and that crowd drinking beer, having fun around the store and it’s forbidden to drink alcohol and stuff in Ramadan time for f***ing muslims!
“I was watching the Periscope live stream and when this situation occurs I really shocked and started to shaking because of anger and despair!”
One of the commenters on the Radiohead incident post claims that he is one of the hosts at Velvet Indieground and was the one streaming Radiohead’s event.
“i was one of the hosts. i am the person that’s speaking in that video. i am the owner of that periscope account. they were determined to kill us. 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 noone will die,” he writes about the Radiohead party.
The video he took of the Istanbul Radiohead attacks is viewable below. A disclaimer, though: it contains some graphic violence.
Radiohead themselves later commented on the attack, voicing support for the dozens of Radiohead listeners who were, at very least, severely injured.
“Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight 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,” Radiohead said in a release about the terrifying incident at the album listening.
The day Radiohead hopes for is not here yet, though, and, especially between now and July 5, Americans and Europeans should be wary when attending large-scale party events.
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