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BNP leader and MEP Nick Griffin.
BNP leader and MEP Nick Griffin.
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MEP Nick Griffin says he will not apologise for 'Fenian' comment on Twitter

Griffin hit out at republicans after he received “vast amounts” of abuse on his Twitter feed.
Sep 30th 2012, 2:46 PM 20,974 108

BNP LEADER NICK GRIFFIN has said he will not apolgise for comments he made on Twitter after yesterday’s Ulster Covenant event at Stormont in Belfast.

After tweeting pictures from the Orange Order Parade, which was attended by thousands of unionists yesterday, Griffin said he received several abusive messages from republicans and hit back with the following response:

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, Griffin said his comment was not aimed at Catholics in general but referred to “the republican grievance exploitation machine who were leaving foul-mouthed tweets” on his Twitter feed.

“If they want to leave vast amounts of foul-mouthed abuse on my Twitter feed when I’m showing people on the mainland, primarily, a part of the culture of Britain that they don’t see much of, and if that upset a group of republicans, I’m not going to apologise,” he said.

After the interview Griffin returned to the social networking site commenting that if republican’s “skins were any thinner they’d leak green slime all over Stormont carpets”.

The SDLP have lodged a complaint with police over the MEP’s comments.

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