Anti-UKIP protestors disrupt another Farage event, this time in Sussex
Nigel Farage has had to be escorted by police from a second venue in the same number of months due to aggressive protestors believed to be from the hard-Left 'Unite Against Fascism' group
Following shortly on the heels of the disruption of UKIP leader Nigel Farage's visit to Scotland, a group of aggressive protestors sought on Monday night to shout down the eurosceptic party leader at a town hall event in Sussex.
Supporters packed over 400 people into Hove Town Hall on Monday night in order to hear Nigel Farage, but their plans were stalled by a few dozen protestors in the hall, part of a group about 100-strong outside believed to be part of the hard-Left "Unite Against Fascism" (UAF) organisation.
UAF has recently been in the news due to the fact that Woolwich terrorist Michael Adebalojo was filmed giving a hateful and intolerant speech at one of its marches in 2009.
Those who disrupted the event waved European flags and shouted "racist" and "scum" at Farage, who was, according to local reports, met with a large round of applause from the majority of the crowd inside.
Addressing protesters inside the hall, Farage asked: “Why can’t you stay and have a reasonable political debate? Isn’t this kind of behaviour, and the refusal to engage in a democratic process, the very thing you are shouting against?
“If these people believed in democracy they would sit down, listen and have an opportunity to make a counter argument.”
But his presence fuelled tension and fierce opposition outside the building, which was evident when police had to be called to help the UKIP leader leave.
Farage's speech, which he used to denounce the English Defence League and talk about UKIP's forthcoming opportunities in elections, was met with a standing ovation.
A video of the protestors inside the hall shows various individuals being hauled out by security.
Last month the UKIP leader was forced to take refuge in a Scottish pub and had to be escorted away by police as angry protestors blocked his exit from a UKIP event.
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