Nigel Farage has condemned the protesters who confronted him on the streets of Edinburgh, forcing him to take refuge in a pub.

The Ukip leader was in the Scottish capital on Thursday to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election when he was ambushed by a group of demonstrators shouting "racist Nazi scum".

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Security officials took Mr Farage into the Canon Gait pub away from the angry demonstrators where he stayed until he was bundled into a police van and driven away from the scene.

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Nigel Farage talks to protesters in the Canon Gait pub

On Friday, he took to the airwaves to denounce the demonstrators, linking their actions to elements within Scottish nationalism which he described as "akin to fascism".

Speaking to Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Farage said: "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."

He added: "I must say I have heard before that there are some parts of Scottish nationalism that are akin to fascism but yesterday I saw that face-to-face.

"Either the Scottish media have got to start reporting the truth about some of the extremes of the independence movement or not, but it's about time they did."

Asked on BBC Radio Four's Today programme if he thought the SNP leadership were directly implicated in yesterday's events, Mr Farage said: "No, but these people were supporters of Scottish nationalism and virulently opposed to the English."

He added: "I would like to hear Alex Salmond come out and condemn that type of behaviour and I challenge him today to do that."

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Edinburgh police give the Ukip leader an escort away from the protesters

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

The protest was organised by Radical Independence Edinburgh who called an 'emergency protest' on their Facebook page earlier on Thursday. A spokesperson 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."

A spokesman for the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland said it condemns all forms of intimidation.

"We had no knowledge or involvement in any of the scenes on the Royal Mile during (Mr Farage's) visit to Edinburgh," he said.

"Yes Scotland continues to run a positive campaign and we condemn any and all forms of intimidation."

An SNP spokesman said: "Anyone who heard the interview with Nigel Farage on BBC this morning would have thought he has completely lost the plot."

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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