UKIP candidate for the South West of England, Carl Benjamin, gets milkshaked and horse poo thrown at him.

UKIP candidate for the South West of England, Carl Benjamin, gets milkshaked and horse poo thrown at him.

By Richard Shrubb

Fresh and clean from being milkshaked at a Truro rally, it seems that Carl Benjamin enjoyed milkshake so much he came to the sunny historic market town of Totnes on Sunday to get some more. Totnes outdid him – they horse-shitted him, milkshaked him and filled his ears with the European ‘national’ anthem, Ode to Joy.

Benjamin and his notorious far right buddy Milo Yiannopoulos arrived in Totnes civic square with a small PA system to share his racist views and campaign to be the South West MEP.

‘Security’ looks for a fight

UKIP thug who claims to be a paramedic, assaulted peaceful protestors while the police were not looking.

Totnesian Paul Jayson turned up to see the event because he felt he had to take a stand against fascism in this country. He explains that the UKIP thugs were trying to get people to attack them and report those people to the police for starting a fight. Jayson said, “They surrounded a silent protester and were punching him in his kidneys so I went into film it and they surrounded me, punching me hard in my own kidneys, and as I was about to take them on the police dragged me out.”

Jayson went on, “They weren’t licensed security. If anyone was claiming to be a politician why weren’t they using licensed security?” Proof in his eyes came from the man he filmed, asking for ID who claimed to be a ‘paramedic’ but refused all the while to give any name or identification while Jayson was being punched in his back by fellow thugs just inches away.

As things were getting nastier at the event, local businessman Chris Bovey turned up, wearing a cape with the European Flag on it. He brought with him an extremely loud megaphone that really made old Benjamin’s day. Bovey says, “It played MP3s so with a bit of fiddling I got it to play Ode to Joy. It wasn’t as loud as its in-built siren but the sound carried well, so I played it as soon as I turned the corner and into the square.”

Racist UKIP thugs get blasted with Beethoven’s Ode To Joy

Chris is not a small bloke and in his cape, playing Ode to Joy, was immediately noticed by the crowd, both locals and knuckle-dragging racist thugs attached to the Benjamin circus. Bovey said, “A number of laughing people started to film me, and at this point, I turned on the siren to drown out the speech!”

He’s no little guy himself and when the entourage went to rough him up he was extremely rude to them and showed enough aggression that the ‘security’ thought it better not to mess with him.

Except one. Bovey said, “One slapped my megaphone but I didn’t respond so he put his face in it provocatively. The siren on the megaphone is extremely loud so I switched it on in his ear. He quickly scurried off and complained to the police saying he had been assaulted.”

Praise for Totnes police

Totnesian, Paul Jayson, is confronted by UKIP thugs working for their candidate for the South West of England, Carl Benjamin.

Jayson is full of praise for the way the police handled the situation: “The police were awesome. They did what they could in a really difficult situation, and they diffused it just right!”

Bovey saw this too, with one policeman describing himself as a ‘professional demonstration liaison officer’ taking him to one side and giving him an area of the square in which to perform his speeches. When he made the thug’s ears ring, the police saw that the thug had entered Bovey’s space and had seen the provocation so didn’t support the accusation made.

Jayson says that only one person from Totnes was there to support the event held by Benjamin, and the rest came in from out of town. “It was really quite sad – there was a guy with Down’s Syndrome with him and another who started crying when people tried to debate with him.” Almost funny was the presence of a bunch of Goth teenagers who carried placards ‘Goths for UKIP’!

In Jayson’s eyes, just when things were at the point of kicking off, the cavalry arrived in the form of 200 local protesters with kids and a carnival atmosphere. Chanting, “No hate! no fear! Fascists are not welcome here!” the incendiary atmosphere went away as the kids, parents and townsfolk made their views known.

And no – the thugs didn’t end up getting the hiding they deserved, but “When they turned up chanting they didn’t want fascism in our town the UKIP lot calmed down,” added Jayson.

Protesters bullish!

Even as things calmed down the compulsory milkshake went flying. Jayson laughed, “When it hit him it made him look like a bull had spunked all over him!” Shortly after, a load of horse manure went flying at the feet of the UKIP ‘rally’, Jayson explaining “This represents their policies, and Britain’s future if these people get into power!”

Before the knuckle draggers could respond, so the police had the milkshaker and released him without charge later. At this stage, things turned from being angry and menacing into a bit of a laugh for the locals. Pop music played on an even bigger PA than the UKIP one, and lots of good people generally making a good day of it. Jayson says that many of the main body of protesters really wanted it to be light and fun as with kids involved they didn’t want running battles and thugs beating people up. That’s how it ended – love and dancing drowning out hate and violence.

Lessons for future antifascist protests

Reports have come out this weekend of Benjamin and friends getting what they wanted in Truro the day before. The Independent newspaper reported, “Protesters greeted the pair in town with placards, reading: “Sexual harassment = violence”, “Super-callous fragile racist sexist Ukip a***hole”, and “Milo hates everyone including himself”.”

When the Truro milkshaking came, the ‘security’ Jayson spoke of got what they desired – the Indy reported, “Supporters of Mr Benjamin pulled the male protester to the ground and violent scuffles broke out.”

The message from Totnes and Truro to all future protesters against such events seems clear: wind the bastards up. Debate. Let them throw the only punches and record it where possible. Images of the violence we report here have been handed to the police. Don’t get violent at all – that is just what the UKIP ‘security’ have been hired to do.

See you at the barricades!

A piece of shit on the Civic Square Totnes.

A piece of shit on the Civic Square, Totnes- can you spot the difference?


Richard Shrubb

Richard is a marijuana, water sports and electric vehicles writer based in Dorchester, Dorset. Living in Prince Charles model housing estate, Poundbury, he is an avowed republican, community and Labour Party activist. Visit his website at www.richardshrubb.com for more about what he does.

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