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Cops Tried to Keep Pol Safe. The Milkshake Came Anyway

Nigel Farage is latest UK politician to get doused
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2019 10:15 AM CDT
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Britain's Nigel Farage after being hit with a milkshake during a campaign stop in Newcastle, England, on Monday.   (Tom Wilkinson/PA via AP)

(Newser) – What the Daily Beast is calling the "highest-profile victim of milkshaking so far" has been doused. The victim: Brexit leader Nigel Farage. What "milkshaking" is: a recent phenomenon in the UK of right-wing politicians having the sweet, goopy drink thrown on them in protest. Farage's incident took place Monday in Newcastle, where he was campaigning ahead of the country's European Parliament elections later this week. (See the clip of his soaking here.) After a bespectacled man hit him with what the Independent says was a banana and salted caramel milkshake, Farage is obviously miffed as photographers snapped away, noting to another man who appears to be part of his security detail, "You could've spotted that a mile away." The Guardian reports 32-year-old Paul Crowther was arrested on suspicion of common assault.

"I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose," Crowther said of his shake, which he says he bought at Five Guys. He adds, per Fox News, that he threw the shake at Farage to protest Farage's "bile and racism." Farage tweeted after the incident: "Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible." CNN notes cops in Scotland even tried a preemptive strike ahead of Farage's visit to Edinburgh Friday: They ordered a McDonald's there to temporarily stop selling shakes. Burger King's UK branch had some fun with it all, tweeting on Saturday, "Dear people of Scotland. We're selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun. Love BK." A few hours later, a follow-up tweet: "We'd never endorse violence - or wasting our delicious milkshakes! ... Please drink responsibly people." (Read more Nigel Farage stories.)

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