Farage forced to back down over slur against anti-fas­cists

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MIKEY SMITH

ANTI-FAS­CIST group Hope Not Hate has won a le­gal bat­tle with Nigel Farage after he ac­cused them of be­ing vi­o­lent.

In­ter­viewed on LBC Ra­dio after 12 peo­ple died in an at­tack in Ber­lin in De­cem­ber, Mr Farage was quizzed on a tweet by Bren­dan Cox, hus­band of mur­dered Labour MP Jo.

He said of Mr Cox: “He backs or­gan­i­sa­tions like Hope not Hate, who mas­quer­ade as be­ing lovely and peace­ful, but ac­tu­ally pur­sue vi­o­lent and un­demo­cratic means.”

The EX-UKIP boss had been due at the High Court to­day after the group sued. Ac­cept­ing a set­tle­ment, he is­sued a state­ment say­ing: “I am happy to ac­knowl­edge Hope not Hate does not tol­er­ate or pur­sue vi­o­lent or un­demo­cratic be­hav­iour.”

Boss Nick Lowles said: “We are avowedly peace­ful. It was deeply dam­ag­ing to our work.”

CLIMB­DOWN Nigel Farage

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