24 May 2019 - Lactose against the Intolerant: Nigel Farage hit with milkshakes by protestors
Nigel Farage 'trapped on bus' surrounded by protesters holding milkshakes
Chiara Giordano (Independent, 24/05/2019)
Nigel Farage reportedly got stuck on his Brexit Party campaign bus after people armed with milkshakes surrounded him.
The politician is said to have refused to leave the vehicle just days after he was covered in banana and salted caramel milkshake in Newcastle.
Three young men dressed in black with their hoods up were reportedly spotted in the crowd when the bus arrived in Rochester, Kent, on Wednesday, Kent Live reports.
Someone suggested they were carrying milkshakes and Mr Farage was told not to get off the bus, according to the newspaper.
Why protesters are throwing milkshakes at Nigel Farage
Jen Kirby (Vox, 22/05/2019)
“We will not be selling milkshakes or ice cream tonight,” the sign in the window of a McDonald’s near Edinburgh, Scotland, read. “This is due to police request given recent events.”
Those “recent events” are the scourge of milkshakes being flung at European parliamentary candidates across the United Kingdom, specifically those of a certain persuasion: right-wing, populist, and, somewhat ironically, skeptical of the European Union.
The police near Edinburgh were mainly concerned about protecting Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a prominent champion of Brexit, from a potential milkshake attack. Farage, who now leads the new Brexit Party, was holding a campaign rally in the area last Friday ahead of the European parliamentary elections, which start May 23.
BBC QT audience member SAVAGES Farage milkshake attacker - ‘You’re making him STRONGER’
Clive Hammond (Express, 24/05/2019)
On Monday, the Brexit Party leader was struck by the milky drink as he walked around Newcastle. The action sparked widespread criticism from all sides of the political spectrum. The topic was debated on the BBC One programme on Thursday night.
Host Fiona Bruce noted the sharp rise in incidents like these, citing Tommy Robinson as another example.
But in a powerful message to those launching items such as milkshakes at leaders, the audience member called for them to debate and discuss ideas instead.
McDonald’s bans milkshakes near Farage rally- Burger King responds
Jack Peat (The London Economic, 24/05/2019)
Burger King has been credited for “joining the anti-fascist resistance” after tweeting that it would still be selling milkshakes in Scotland despite a police-enforced McDonald’s ban on them near a Nigel Farage rally.
The firm’s main UK Twitter account – which posted the most ‘liked’ branded tweet of all-time last year when it took down Kanye West – posted to the “people of Scotland” that they would be selling milkshakes all weekend following news that police had ordered a McD’s to stop selling them.
Farage was holding an event in Edinburgh on Friday ahead of next week’s European elections, but there were concerns that the pro-Remain voting country could react with anger following a flurry of incidents which have left prominent far-right activists doused in the creamy liquid.
First Tommy Robinson, now Nigel Farage - when did milkshakes become the weapon of choice for protesters?
Luke Hurst, video journalist (Telegraph, 20/05/2019)
A number of high-profile candidates in the EU elections have been targeted by protesters with milkshakes in the past month.
Founder and former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson was the first to have the beverage thrown at him, he was followed by Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin and then Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.