BNP leader Nick Griffin faced angry scenes yesterday when he arrived in Hamilton for an interview with local radio station L107 FM.
Protest outside the 107 building
With the radio station keeping Griffin's appearance under wraps until literally the day before the interview was set to take place, there was very little time for the protest to be organised. Nevertheless, Unite Against Fascism circulated details of it on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning a group of around 15 - bizarrely reported as 40 across the press (not compaining..!) - set out for Hamilton, to confront Griffin and attempt to deny him his spot on the radio.
Considering the relative low profile of the radio appearance, Hamilton was crawling with police - 5 or 6 vehicles and probably 20 cops monitoring the demonstration overall, as well as a presence at the train station. Griffin's eventual arrival, around 10.15, was met with eggs being thrown and an attempt to block his entry to the radio station building.
Two anti-fascists were arrested over the course of the demonstration, while another arrest took place for a racially motivated breach of the peace.
Griffin was expected in Glasgow North East later that day - indeed, by-election candidate Charlie Baillie had been claiming as much to the press until that afternoon - but in the end, while his people carrier and minders showed up, Griffin was nowhere to be seen. Seems he was scared of more egg-throwing....