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Nigel Farage Was Trapped In An Office In Rotherham Because Of An Anti-UKIP Protest

The local UKIP candidate said they were "paid protesters".

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Farage was due to open Rotherham's UKIP shop to officially start the general election campaign of local candidate Jane Collins, but around 40 protesters blocked the entrance to the shop, trapping the UKIP leader inside.

His visit came in the wake of a bitter war between Labour and UKIP for control of Rotherham, where the local council is in chaos after hundreds of children were abused in the town. UKIP took swathes of council seats in the traditionally rock-solid Labour-voting town during May's local elections.

The protesters said they were looking for justice for the child abuse victims, and that they were standing up against racism and "bigatry".

At least one protester appeared to be protesting against Nigel Farage's comments about "ostentatious breastfeeding".

The protesters in Rotherham seem to include every group Farage has ever upset http://t.co/Jv8fL4Qg97

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The protesters in Rotherham seem to include every group Farage has ever upset http://t.co/Jv8fL4Qg97

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Labour MP Sarah Champion enjoyed the scenes, but Farage took to Twitter to criticise her from inside the office.

Disgraceful Labour MPs think suppressing democracy is "hilarious" especially given seriousness of Rotherham situation

Nigel Farage@Nigel_FarageFollow

Disgraceful Labour MPs think suppressing democracy is "hilarious" especially given seriousness of Rotherham situation

12:45 PM - 06 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A source close to Farage told BuzzFeed News that the protesters don't represent the people of Rotherham:

"Trapped inside" is a massive exaggeration. These are socialist workers, party protesters, and ex-Labour councillors picketing the shop. These aren't the real people of Rotherham.

But after about two hours, Farage managed to escape the building with a police escort.

Farage has escaped from the Ukip office under a large red umbrella http://t.co/Jv8fL4Qg97

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Farage has escaped from the Ukip office under a large red umbrella http://t.co/Jv8fL4Qg97

1:08 PM - 06 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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