Wednesday 29 January 2020

Ukip leader Farage barricaded into pub

UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint at the Cannons Gait pub. Photo: PA
UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint at the Cannons Gait pub. Photo: PA
UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub

Mark McLaughlin

BRITISH politician Nigel Farage was barricaded inside a pub on a campaign trip to promote his candidate in a Scottish by-election.

The Ukip leader arranged a press conference with journalists in the Canons Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

 

The press conference inside the pub was soon surrounded by dozens of protesters shouting "racist Nazi scum".

 

Bar staff were forced to clear the pub and the protest spilled outside obstructing Mr Farage's exit.

 

The Ukip leader attempted to make an escape by taxi but protesters blocked its path.

 

Police eventually escorted Mr Farage back into the pub and barricaded the doors against protesters.

 

Mr Farage was finally removed from the scene in a police riot van at around 5.40pm.

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