According to The Evening Standard, demonstrators scrawled “was a racist” on the statue of the wartime British Prime Minister in Parliament Square on Sunday afternoon as thousands stooped on London for another protest over an American black man George Floyd’s death.
Anti-racism protesters in England destroyed the memorial to Winston Churchill in Westminster while Black Lives Matter protests on Sunday, local media stated.
According to The Evening Standard, demonstrators scrawled “was a racist” on the statue of the wartime British Prime Minister in Parliament Square on Sunday afternoon as thousands descended on London for another protest over an American black man George Floyd’s death.
Activists surrounded the monument and jeered, “Churchill was a racist,” despite others intervening to protect it from further defacement.
The same statue was also defaced with green graffiti during a huge anti-racism rally on Saturday, the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
It prompted Piers Morgan of the ITV Breakfast Program Good Morning Britain, to tweet: “Memo to protesters in Westminster today: defacing Sir Winston Churchill’s statue on the 76th anniversary of D-Day is not a good way to make your point.”
Thousands flooded the streets outside London’s US Embassy yesterday for another Black Lives Matter rally, beside rallies in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Bristol amongst the other UK cities.
In Bristol, in southwest England, a statue honouring the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was torn down by protesters.
Protestors were next seen moving the statue to the nearby harbor and tossing it into the River Avon.
The local police told CNN that an investigation had been started into the incident.
“There was a small gathering of people who apparently committed an act of criminal vandalism in pulling down a statue near Bristol Harbourside,” Avon and Somerset’s police said Sunday in a comment.
“An investigation will be conducted to recognize those who are connected, and we are already collating footage of the incident,” the statement expressed.
The statue of Colston had stood in Bristol’s city center since 1895 but had become increasingly controversial, with petitions created to demand its removal.
As per the local police, Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol was accompanied by approximately 10,000 people.
“The huge majority of those who came to talk their concerns about racial bias and injustice did so calmly and respectfully,” the police were quoted as saying.
“Keeping the citizens safe was out most prominent priority, and thankfully, there were no instances of disorder, and no arrests were executed,” they added.