BNP leader flees Westminster protests

BNP leader Nick Griffin was hounded out of Westminster this afternoon by anti-fascist protestors who attacked him with eggs and wooden placards.

In angry and violent scenes opposite the Houses of Parliament, around 100 people chased Griffin and fellow newly-elected MEP Andrew Brons moments after they began a press conference.

Griffin was clearly shaken by the assault after suffering a direct hit from an egg-thrower. One clear blow was landed with a wooden pole as the crowd chanted “Nazi scum, off our streets”.

His bodyguards attempted to protect him but, completely outnumbered, Griffin and his supporters were forced to escape in a car after being chased around 200 yards from College Green.

Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism was among those leading the protest.

He said: “As soon as the BNP showed their face here what did we do? We smashed them. We have to speak for the six million murdered in the Holocaust. We are the majority, not the BNP.

“When Hitler rose people did not know who he was. That building over there [Parliament] is not for Nazis or racists.”

Mr Bennett fired a warning to the BNP, saying: “Wherever you go in this country you will be welcomed by protestors like this. We are sending you a message: You will not follow in the steps of Hitler, Le Pen and Mussolini.”

One protestor was later taken away in an ambulance.

Last updated: 4:20pm, July 16 2009