Farage blasts 'fascist scum'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage described protesters who mobbed him in an Edinburgh pub as "fascist scum"

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Alex Salmond: 'We can frankly do without UKIP'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. Credit: PA Wire

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "If you have someone who actually said this morning in an interview - accused a BBC interviewer of showing the same, as he put it, hate towards him as people in Edinburgh yesterday, then you're dealing with someone who is outwith the context of normal politics.

"So, yes, we'll have our political debate and discourse in a proper way in Scotland. We can frankly do without UKIP, who dislike everybody and know absolutely nothing about Scotland."

Farage: Demonstration was 'deeply racist'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme:

The idea that UKIP is some kind of horrible, nasty, anti-immigrant, racist party is not something that was evident to the rest of the country, but of course that wasn't what it was all about.

It was a demonstration dressed up as being anti-racism but in fact in itself was deeply racist, with a total hatred of the English and a desire for Scotland to be independent from Westminster. I mean, my goodness me, if this is the face of Scottish nationalism it's a pretty ugly picture.

The anger, the snarling, the shouting, the swearing was all linked in to a desire for the Union Jack to be burnt and extinguished from Scotland forever. There's absolutely no doubt who these people were or what they stood for.

Farage hits out at 'yobbo, fascist scum' protesters

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Credit: PA Wire

UKIP leader Nigel Farage described protesters who mobbed him in an Edinburgh pub as "fascist scum"

Staff were forced to clear the Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where Mr Farage was due to hold a press conference near the Scottish Parliament, after it was filled with the chanting protesters.

The UKIP leader attempted to make an escape by taxi but protesters blocked its path and Mr Farage was forced to return to the pub, where police barricaded the doors against protesters until officers in a riot van came to his aid.

Two men were arrested after the protest and Mr Farage was escorted from the scene "to ensure his safety", Police Scotland said.

Mr Farage was in Edinburgh to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election, but the pub was soon filled by dozens of protesters shouting "racist Nazi scum".

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland: "The fact that 50 yobbo, fascist scum turn up and aren't prepared to listen to debate I absolutely refuse to believe is representative of Scottish public opinion. It is not."

Listen to the full interview here.

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Nigel Farage mobbed by protesters at Scottish pub

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was escorted from an Edinburgh pub in a police riot van after being mobbed by rowdy protesters.

Mr Farage arranged a press conference in the Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, near the Scottish Parliament, to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Weiner reports:

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