Saturday, June 13, 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin pelted with eggs by protesters

BNP leader Nick Griffin pelted with eggs by protesters

BNP leader Nick Griffin had to abandon a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament after protesters barracked him and threw eggs.

Published: 3:31PM BST 09 Jun 2009

Shouting "off our streets Nazi scum", the demonstrators chased him down the street to his car.

Mr Griffin, who has been elected an MEP for the North West of England, was guided to his vehicle by his bodyguards and quickly drove off.

He had arrived at the press conference on College Green in front of Parliament with fellow newly-elected BNP MEP Andrew Brons.

Mr Griffin started by attacking articles from the day's newspapers which criticised him and his party.

But he had only been speaking for a few minutes when the protesters appeared, chanting and waving banners reading: "Stop the fascist BNP."

Eggs were thrown at Mr Griffin and his bodyguards bundled him away through the crowd.

The demonstrators kicked and hit his car with their placards before cheering as he drove off.

Protest organiser Weyman Bennett, national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said he believed it was important to stand up to the BNP.

"The majority of people did not vote for the BNP, they did not vote at all. The BNP was able to dupe them into saying that they had an answer to people's problems.

"They presented themselves as a mainstream party. The reality was because the turnout was so low, they actually got elected."