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

(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.

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May 23, 2012 8:22 AM CDT
Violence begets violence, these groups will retaliate against lone minorities and others who cannot defend themselves. You can be satisfied for a moment with this attack but actions like these are ultimately not useful and lead to escalation, and yes we could go the distance and eventually win but are you prepared to deal with the collateral damage a sustained conflict will yield. Don't use the weapons of your enemies unless you are willing to become just like them.
May 22, 2012 8:15 PM CDT
"holding an economic summit at the restaurant under the guise of a wedding party." I don't know if this was an antiracist attack; it sounds like a lot of Irish weddings I've been to... "Mike and Shawn put down a deposit for a wedding space. ... The woman who owns the space hears they're Irish and immediately tells them to get out. 'This place means too much to me to have another McGuire Incident,' she says. Teddy actually knows what she's referring to. ... He apologizes to the woman and gives her another $400 to keep, for 'reparations.'" - "Rescue Me", Brownies http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1997040/synopsis
May 22, 2012 7:39 PM CDT
A couple hundred headlines like this will make racists rethink their idiocy