UK: Activists protest UKIP party conference in Birmingham

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Saturday to protest against the ongoing UKIP conference, in opposition to what they see as the party's far-right turn. «No to racist UKIP!» read banners held by Stand Up To Racism protesters, apparently raise the ire of one UKIP supporter who grabbed a banner and ripped it to pieces. One of the... Еще protesters, Dave, explained his position saying: «they are becoming totally irrelevant in British politics. I think that's why they are clutching at straws, trying to court the far right to try and rebuild their ranks because they are really on the margins of politics with very few supporters.» Among other issues, protesters oppose calls by some within UKIP including its leader Gerard Batten, to invite into the organisation the far-right activist and English Defence League (EDL) co-founder Tommy Robinson (real name, Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon). Present party rules forbid his membership.

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