Nigel Farage accuses Alex Salmond of inciting riots
The Telegraph by Holly Watt | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Click here for original article
Alex Salmond's vitrolic campaigning around the Scottish independence referendum could lead to rioting on polling day, Nigel Farage has warned.
The leader of Ukip said that Mr Salmond’s behaviour was provoking aggression, with the pro-independence campaigners resorting to “abhorrent behaviour”.
Mr Farage demanded that Mr Salmond publicly insist on a free and fair referendum on Thursday and should call for “law abiding behaviour” from his supporters.
Mr Farage’s intervention will raise further concerns about the management of the pro-independence campaign, as the Ukip leader accused the Yes campaigners of deliberately intimidating their political rivals.
“Salmond has fuelled such vitriol amongst Yes campaigners that we are now seeing intimidation and a growing anti-English sentiment,” Mr Farage wrote on Twitter.
“We are also seeing the sort of abhorrent behaviour that could lead to rioting. It's a sorry situation when politics plunges to these depths.”
The No Campaign has repeatedly raised concerns about aggressive behaviour from their political rivals, with mobs of people disrupting pro-union campaign events.
Pro-union banners have been destroyed and business leaders have said they have been pressurised into supporting the independence campaign.
Mr Farage has now warned that Mr Salmond’s own behaviour could itself be responsible for violence in the streets.
“It is surely Alex Salmond's job to publicly demand calm and law abiding behaviour to ensure a free and fair referendum,” said Mr Farage.
Mr Farage has himself been accused of advocating divisive politics in the past.