Farage blasts 'fascist scum'

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

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Nigel Farage confronted by protesters on Scotland visit

UKIP leader Nigel Farage talks with protesters in the Cannons Gait pub. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the pub. Credit: Andrew Milligan /PA Wire
UKIP leader Nigel Farage sits in the back of a taxi as a protestor blocks its path. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Nigel Farage is forced to leave the taxi and retreat back to the pub after protesters surrounded the vehicle. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Nigel Farage was later taken away in a police van, heckled by protesters. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nigel Farage escapes protesters in a police van

UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint inside the pub in Edinburgh Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was barricaded inside a pub after protests as he campaigned to promote his party's Scottish by-election candidate.

Mr Farage arranged a press conference in the Canons Gait pub in Edinburgh, but he was soon surrounded by dozens of protesters.

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

Mr Farage attempted to make an escape by taxi, but protesters blocked its path.

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

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

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Farage 'locked in pub for own safety' after protests

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been locked in an Edinburgh pub for "his own safety" as police escorted him through angry protests which had sprung up as he tried to launch his party's Scottish campaign.

Severin Carrell is The Guardian's Scotland correspondent and was at the scene in Edinburgh:

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