A second Occupation camp in Bristol has been scrapped after two days because of an attack by a far right group, campaigners have claimed.
Eight tents were set up out outside the KPMG building near the Temple Meads roundabout on Thursday, as an offshoot of the main Occupy Bristol camp at College Green. But Occupy Bristol supporters have claimed on their website that website members of the English Defence League "trashed" the site on Saturday night.
The allegation came the day after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg condemned the camp outside the Liberal Democrat run Bristol City Council building.
Mr Clegg, visiting Yate on Friday, said many people understood the frustration and anger over irresponsible bankers that led to the demonstrations in Bristol and elsewhere. But he said: "You don't make that point best by building a permanent encampment on College Green. It doesn't help the cause."
According to the Occupy Bristol website, protestors at the KPMG site were "threatened" on Saturday night. In a blog entry an anonymous member of the second camp said the attack happened at 7pm when they were "threatened to have my face bit off, by a male whom I presume was a member of Bristol's EDL firm."
The writer said a middle-aged woman handed over a note that read "people of Bristol eviction notice get off our green".
"It was obvious from early on who they were so I attempted to engage with them," the camp member said. "Nevertheless, I was told they have launched a campaign against Occupy Bristol. This wasn't news to me as it's been acknowledged by us for several weeks. Several Occupations around the country have had repeated problems with EDL members. However, ironically the harder the EDL try to defeat the Occupy movement, the stronger we grow in numbers, power and support."
Police in London arrested a large number of EDL supporters earlier this month because of fears they were going to attack the Occupy camp outside St Paul's Cathedral.
The blogger said Occupy Bristol did not have enough people to defend the second camp as well as the main camp on College Green so it has been temporarily disbanded. Luther Blissett, from the camp, told the Post yesterday the attack on the KPMG camp had not been reported to the police. He said he believed there had been three attackers, although he had not been at the site.
The College Green camp of about 60 tents is the biggest Occupy site outside London. The public open space belongs to Bristol Cathedral but is managed by the city council. Cathedral and council leaders have asked them to leave peacefully but the campaigners, who say they are protesting about the unfairness of modern society, intend to stay. They decided to set up a camp near KPMG because it was "a great strategic location" close to financial services companies including Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest, HSBC, KPMG, Deloitte, Bank of Ireland, Osborne Clarke, Canada Life and QBE.
The Evening Post attempted to contact the EDL to respond to the allegations but was unable to last night. On its website though, a number of posts have been made claiming the group has "no interest" in Occupy protesters across the country.
A statement posted last week said: "Exactly what they're upset about, what they expect to achieve, and how they actually want things to be done differently, we're not quite sure. Whatever you may happen to think of the Occupy movement, it seems that their protest has been blown out of proportion."