WINSTON CHURCHILL’S memorial statue has been desecrated and daubed with the word “racist” during the Black Lives Matter protest in London.
The British war hero’s statue in London’s Parliament Square has been defaced with Churchill crossed out with black marker pen and the words “is a racist” underneath. Protesters have also pinned a poster to the memorial with the words “Black Lives Matter”.
Shocking pictures also show protestors climbing atop the statue to protest.
This is the second day the statue has been defaced after protesters graffitied it with neon green writing during Saturday’s rally.
Tens of thousands took to the streets of London today rallying for a second day running to condemn police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 bearing the slogan “racism is a virus”.
Demonstrators packed the road outside the US Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames.
After an hour, the protesters began to march across the river in the direction of parliament, pausing on the bridge to take the knee and chant “justice, now”.
Some gathered in Parliament Square while others massed outside Downing Street.
Hermione Lake, 28, who was holding a sign saying “white silence = violence”, said: “Now is the time: we need to do something.
“We have become so complacent in the UK but the racism that killed George Floyd was born in the UK in terms of colonialism and white supremacy.”
“We need to completely gut the system … We need massive reform, massive change.”
Sunday’s London protest was peaceful, with people clapping, taking to one knee, waving placards and chanting “George Floyd” and “the UK is not innocent”.
While footage posted on social media showed anti-racism demonstrators in Bristol in western England cheering as they tore down a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century slave trader.
Pauline Nandoo, 60, said she had been protesting about racism since the 1970s and the images of violence at the end of Saturday’s protest had not deterred her.
Ms Nandoo, who was with her brother and 13-year-old daughter, said: “There’s children of all ages and older adults here.
“They are going to experience what we have experienced and we have to try to make that not happen.”
On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in central London in a demonstration that was peaceful but that ended with small numbers of people clashing with mounted police near Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence.
London Police chief Cressida Dick said 27 officers had been injured in “shocking and completely unacceptable” assaults during anti-racism protests in central London this week, including 14 on Saturday.
Two were seriously hurt and an officer who fell from her horse underwent surgery in hospital.
Both Ms Dick and health minister Matt Hancock urged protesters not to gather in London again on Sunday, warning they risked spreading the coronavirus.