Nigel Farage criticised for comparing Black Lives Matter protestors to the Taliban

Greg Evans
Monday 08 June 2020 10:45
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On Saturday and Sunday, thousands of people took the streets of the UK to march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis.

In Bristol, a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and pushed into a river, meanwhile, in London landmarks such as the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square were defaced with graffiti.

As you can imagine, the treatment of these two statues, with Colston in particular dividing opinion with many feeling that it was the right thing to do. Unsurprisingly, Nigel Farage wasn't a fan of the actions of the protesters and compared them to the Sunni Islamic fundamentalists and Afghan military organisation the Taliban.

It's not entirely clear why Farage has drawn comparisons between the protestors and the Taliban but we can only presume he believes that the Taliban tore down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003, which was actually carried out by Iraqi citizens after his regime had been toppled.

Regardless, Farage's tweet has been completely shredded by people telling him to read a history book and accusing him of inciting hatred.

Amazingly, Farage wasn't the only one to make these comparisons. During an apperance on TalkRadio, the outspoke journalist Brendan O'Neill called the pulling down of the statue "a politically correct tantrum" adding "that it was like a woke Taliban."

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