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Man throws objects at right-wing candidate in UK

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK’s right-wing Reform Party, faced a second attempted assault since he began campaigning for next month’s election, when a man threw objects at him during an open-top bus ride on Tuesday ( 11).

Farage was traveling through Barnsley in northern England, waving to crowds from the bus when a man threw what appeared to be large pieces of broken stone at him as he passed, footage on social media showed. The objects did not hit him and the politician was unharmed.

Police said they arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of public order offences. He is believed to have thrown objects from a construction site.

As a well-known figure of Euroscepticism and anti-immigrant sentiment, Farage has been a divisive figure in Britain for decades, best known for the leading role he played in encouraging people to vote for Brexit in 2016. He is a candidate in the British election of July 4th.

“I will not be intimidated or intimidated by a violent left-wing mob that hates our country,” he said on X.

Last week, a 25-year-old woman was charged with assault after throwing a drink in her face at close range as she left a pub.

Farage became the new leader of Reform last week, increasing pressure on the Conservative Party, which is trailing the main opposition Labor Party in the polls.

He has been a thorn in the side of the Conservatives, arguing that they need to do more to reduce immigration.

In 2019, he was doused in a milkshake while campaigning for the Brexit Party, Reform’s predecessor.

In the past, he has made comments that his opponents have called racist. During the Brexit campaign, Farage appeared in front of a poster showing lines of immigrants under the slogan “Breaking Point”, while last month he said Muslims do not share British values.

He also regularly provoked the ire of many politicians in the European Parliament during his two decades as a parliamentarian there.

Source: CNN Brasil

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