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Group Of Bat-Wielding "Anti-Racists" Attack "White Nationalists" At Tinley Park Restaurant

By Amy Cavanaugh in News on May 20, 2012 6:00PM

At 12:45 p.m. yesterday, a large group of "anti-racists" wielding baseball bats stormed into the Tinley Park restaurant Ashford House and attacked a group of "white nationalists" with metal batons and hammers. Ten people were injured, and three were taken to local hospitals. At the time of the attack, several dozen women were at the restaurant for a wedding shower.

Via Fox Chicago:

Sources tell Fox Chicago News that at least one of the white nationalists was a fugitive wanted on as many as seven different warrants.

After the attack, several injured white supremacists fled immediately, declining medical treatment. Tinley Park Police said they detained five of the suspected attackers, who apparently call themselves members of the "South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action." Police and Cook County prosecutors said criminal charges could be filed Sunday.

The white supremacists had apparently posted on one or more of their websites that they planned to have lunch at the Ashford House restaurant, 7959 W. 159th St, Tinley Park. Their internet postings refer to a "5th Annual White Nationalist Economic Summit." Not clear is whether they chose this weekend and this suburban Chicago location as some sort of response to the NATO Summit in Chicago.

A skinhead using the name Brandon Spiller posted several messages after the attack. He said doctors used eight surgical staples to close a wound inflicted on him. He complained, "I had my gun in my car, but couldn't get to it due to Illinois law. If I was able to CCW (concealed carry of a weapon) they would have been stopped and I wouldn't be typing this from a hospital."

The owners and managers of the Ashford House restaurant said they knew nothing about either group involved in the brawl.

South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action
, which claimed responsibility for the attack, had its website hacked this morning.