White Supremacists Attacked in Illinois Restaurant

'Anti-Racist Action' boasts of dispatching diners to hospital

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2012 11:32 PM CDT | Updated May 22, 2012 12:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – A hammer-wielding "anti-racist" gang in masks and hoods attacked suspected white supremacists dining at a suburban Chicago restaurant, injuring ten and sending three to a local hospital to close head wounds. Authorities suspect the 18 attackers who stormed the Tinley Park Irish-American eatery were "spillover" radicals protesting the NATO summit in Chicago. “This was a real riot,” Tinley Park Mayor Edward Zabrocki tells MSNBC. “These guys started beating the crap out of the other group. Tables were knocked over, dishes were broken and there was food all over the walls. It was terrible.” Five Indiana men were arrested in the attack and charged with mob action and aggravated battery, reports the Chicago Tribune. Police are seeking the others.

The Anti-Racist Action organization claimed responsibility for the attack on the "white nationalists," which members claimed were holding an economic summit at the restaurant under the guise of a wedding party. Targeted diners told officials they belong to an Illinois European heritage association reportedly affiliated with White News Now and Storm Front, whose web sites tout white supremacy.

These five Indiana men were arrested and charged with mob action, aggravated assault and property damage.
These five Indiana men were arrested and charged with mob action, aggravated assault and property damage.   (Tinley Park Police)
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