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Nigel Farage forced to flee pub by ‘Cabaret of Diversity’

by Zak Cochrane
Issue No. 2446

Around 100 anti-Ukip activists staged a protest last Sunday at a pub in Downe, Kent, that Nigel Farage regularly frequents.

The “Beyond Ukip Cabaret of Diversity” included breastfeeding mums, migrants, disabled and LGBT rights groups, HIV activists and a Holocaust survivor.

Highlights included Palestinian Dabke dancers, a parody performance of ‘Ukippers’ and gay men dancing to the song It’s Raining Men while beating a bigotry piñata. We wanted to expose Ukip’s scapegoating of marginalised groups.

Protest organiser and HIV activist Dan Glass said, “Ukip is a con. It pretends to be anti-establishment but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

“By wrongfully shifting the blame for the economic crisis onto immigrants they have let the bankers off the hook.”

Activists learned that Farage was in a pub nearby so we made a conga-line to the pub. One protester said Farage “charged like a bull” as he pushed through the group to get to his car.

The Ukip leader suggested that his children had gone missing during the protest. 

A photographer present refuted this after seeing a “woman leaving with two children” before Farage left.

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Tue 24 Mar 2015, 16:15 GMT
Issue No. 2446
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