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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 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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