This is the press statement the Radical Independence Campaign put out regarding our protest against Nigel Farage’s visit to Edinburgh on Thursday.
The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) helped organise an emergency protest yesterday against Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, to say that his racist, bigoted ideas have no place in Scotland. Over 100 people gathered on the Royal Mile to oppose Farage’s attempts to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment in Scotland.
RIC regards Mr Farage’s allegations of ‘fascism’ as completely ludicrous and shows how out of touch he is with reality.
Liam O’Hare, a member of RIC Edinburgh said: “UKIP are a deeply nasty organisation who are attempting to spread their divisive bile in Scotland. We want a Scotland that welcomes immigrants, and that stands for multiculturalism and equal rights for all. We believe Scotland can achieve this through independence, where the likes of Farage will have no role in our politics.”
Alice Bowman, a leader of Radical Independence Edinburgh who is originally from Carlisle, said: “As one of many English people on the protest, I find it insulting that Farage is painting us as anti-English. I think it is appalling that he conflates being English with support for his crazy anti-immigrant politics.
“We campaign for Scottish Independence on an internationalist basis. Scotland welcomes English people who want to work, study, and live here. But as we have seen, Scotland doesn’t want racist thugs like Farage, and that’s a good thing. We are proud that Farage’s attempts to bring his nonsense up here have been a dismal failure. He’ll be followed by protesters wherever he goes in Scotland.”