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23 November 2016

George Galloway got glitter bombed – here’s what happened

The controversial politician was assaulted with a sparkly substance.

By Media Mole

The mole awoke this morning to news of a sparkly ruckus north of the border. Police were called to Aberdeen University last night after a group of protestors assaulted George Galloway with glitter.

Yep, it seems the new generation of political activists have abandoned more traditional weapons such as foam pies and eggs in favour of this brightly coloured substance.

The controversial politician was making a speech when the group reportedly stormed the room, and hurled a mix of of green and gold glitter in his direction.

Galloway, who has probably endured worse in his time,  reportedly dusted himself off and continued his event, earning applause at the end.

He later tweeted that he had an “unknown substance in my eyes and lungs” but added later that he was “feeling better… just needed a good shower”. 

The ex-Labour MP added that: “Someone calling themselves “Trans” and an “anarchist” led a five person attack on me on the platform at Aberdeen University. I continued.”

The mole, who enjoys the odd wallow in glitter during summer festival season but never imagined it could be used as a weapon, is speechless.

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