An anti fascist group have started a crowd funding campaign so they can sue interim UKIP leader Nigel Farage unless he says sorry for comments made about the Berlin Christmas markets attack.
Hope Not Hate have now written to Mr Farage, a close ally of President-elect Donald Trump, to demand that he retracts comments he made, claiming that they pursued “violent means”. They also want a public apology. If neither is forthcoming, they have launched a crowdfund, calling for donations to help them “take Nigel Farage to court.”
Mr Farage made the remarks as part of a spat with Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo Cox. It came as Mr Farage said that while the German Christmas market attack was terrible, it was not surprising. He went on to blame Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy on immigration for the assault, which killed 12 and maimed many more.
Violent and undemocratic
Mr Cox stepped in to say that blaming politicians for the actions of extremists was a slippery slope. This led to Mr Farage hitting back by saying: “Well, he would know more about extremists than me, wouldn’t he? He backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful, but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means.”
However, he offered up no evidence at all to support his claims, and Hope Not Hate say they are now preparing to take legal action. The organisation said that the allegations were a “political smear,” and said it had already taken legal advice, resulting in its lawyers writing to Mr Farage to demand an immediate retraction and an apology.
The organisation said that it was well-respected and had more than 200,000 supports from all political leanings. What united them, it said, was a common wish to fight against racism through lawful, peaceful means.