This Is What It's Like To Be Called "Tory Scum" At The Conservative Conference
There's a lot of anger.
Dozens of protesters lined the route into the Tory conference in Manchester to shout out delegates and journalists entering the venue. When BuzzFeed News visited on Sunday afternoon with our media pass we were called "wanker", "paedophile", and "scumbag".
A huge rally of over 60,000 greeted Conservative party members and journalists as the four-day conference got underway on Sunday, with many protesters holding up placards featuring pig-based puns, singing songs about David Cameron "fucking off back to Eton", and wearing Anonymous-influenced Guy Fawkes masks.
Although the march was largely peaceful, many protesters were furious at both Conservative delegates and journalists.
During the day three reporters were spat at by members of the crowd, including Channel 4 political correspondent Michael Crick, who posted this spit selfie to Twitter.
The Telegraph's Kate McCann was led away from the crowd by police for fear of getting attacked.
Young Conservative Colm Lock was pelted with an egg.
Many protesters didn't seem to differentiate between politicians, delegates, and journalists.
However, local police said the protest was largely peaceful, and only four arrests were made during the day.
When BuzzFeed News tried to ask some of the protesters why they were there, the police told us to move on for our own safety. Before we left, the protesters had called us "Slytherin bastards", oinked at us, and told us to "enjoy your pig".