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Owen Jones: attackers targeted me for my politics

Guardian columnist says divisive rhetoric in politics and media is emboldening far right

The Guardian columnist Owen Jones has said he believes he was targeted in an unprovoked late-night attack over the weekend because of his anti-fascist politics and has warned that divisive rhetoric is emboldening some on the far right to become violent.

The writer and activist was out celebrating his 35th birthday and was leaving a bar near King’s Cross at around 2am on Saturday when a group of men “charged out of the pub with military precision” and hit him from behind while he was saying goodbye to friends.

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