Nigel Farage had to be locked inside an Edinburgh pub for his own safety after an 'anti-racism' protest against the Ukip leader turned ugly.

According to Sky News he originally tried to get in a taxi, but it refused his fare.

Security officials then sealed Farage inside the Canon Gait pub away from angry demonstrators shouting "Go home!" He was later bundled into a police van and driven away from the scene, according to reporters covering the protest.

Several journalists tweeted that crowds shouted: "Leave Scotland, go back to England!” and "You can stick your Union Jack up your a*se!" as Farage left the building.

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Some said being locked in a pub was hardly a punishment for Farage

Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail Alan Roden tweeted this picture of the scenes, as the protest turned ugly.

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The Standard reported that some protesters were shouting "racist Nazi scum" while another yelled "you know as much about Scotland as you do about flying planes" a reference to the Ukip leader's plane crash.

Farage told LBC on Thursday night: "If this is the face of Scottish Nationalism it's a pretty ugly picture.

"This was dressed up as anti racism protest but it was a pure anti-English thing. I'm accused of being a racist, but it's ok to hate the English. If the police hadn't been there it could have turned very nasty."


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Am okay after the Edinburgh fracas but if that is the face of Scottish Nationalism then it's pretty ugly.

The protest was organised by Radical Independence Edinburgh who called an 'emergency protest' on their Facebook page earlier today. They told the Huffington Post UK: "Farage came up to Scotland to spread his racism and bigotry here - we showed he's not welcome.

"His party UKIP have always achieved a derisory vote in Scotland but Farage thought that could change after their recent local elections successes in England.

"In 2014 we finally have the chance to get rid of the political system at Westminster that pours fuel onto the bigoted fire of Farage and UKIP. Scotland wants to be a country that welcomes immigrants - but we need independence to make that desire a reality."

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Farage was in Edinburgh to launch his campaign ahead of the forthcoming elections in Scotland.

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  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage talks with protesters in the Cannons Gait pub as he held a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage sits in the back of a taxi as a protestor blocks its path, following a press conference with journalists in the Cannons 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.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage talks with protesters in the Cannons Gait pub as he held a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckled him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police as he exits a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage sits in a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police as he exits a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is taken away in a police van after being heckled by protesters as he left the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is placed in a police van by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckled him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

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  • Just swallowed a burp

  • You..... Saucepot.

  • Sad Nige

  • Happy Nige

  • A cheeky chortle

  • This bench is MINE

  • Just a lot of bloody good fun

  • AM I LOSING MY MIND?!! EVERYONE HERE IS FOREIGN

  • Ecs-bloody-TACTIC Farage

  • I pull this face whenever I say 'and another thing'

  • Deeply dubious

  • Apoplectic

  • The hysterical handshake. A classic icebreaker

  • Stop looking at my face you weirdos