Nearly a month after Free Speech Week at the UC Berkeley campus, right-wing protesters attempted to intrude upon an event held at Revolution Books in Berkeley -- the sixth and latest noted incident at the Communist bookstore.
On Oct. 29, seven protesters sought entry into Revolution Books on Durant Ave., but were stopped by patrons who set up a blockade in front of the store.
At the time, the store was hosting a commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the October Revolution, the 1917 Bolshevik uprising that resulted in the formation of the Soviet Union.
“People coming to the event and store volunteers were out in front of our store to welcome people to the event,” Reiko Redmonde, Revolution Books’ manager said. “And to create a calm and determined presence by not letting these people in who are Trump supporters, white supremacists and anti-Communists.”
Revolution Books is a loose network of bookstores with affiliations to the Revolutionary Communist Party. Its Berkeley branch has been a frequent target of right-wing agitation since September, when upwards of 40 protesters pounded on the windows of the bookstore and allegedly harassed bookstore patrons hours after right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopolous' brief appearance at Sproul Plaza during Free Speech Week.