Boris Johnson said the War-Time leader had expressed opinions which were “Unacceptable to us Today” But remained a hero for saving the country from “Fascist and racist tyranny”, Protesters daubed ” was a racist ” on the monument last weekend. Mr. Johnson said “we can not try to edit or censor our past”, In a series of tweets, he said such monuments we’re put up by the previous generation and urged people to ” stay away ” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Boarding has been erected to protect the statue, in London’s Parliament Square, Ahead of black lives matter protest in Hyde Park, which was planned for Saturday but has been brought forward, because of fears there could be clashes with far-right groups.
Other monuments have been removed ahead of protest planned over the weekend, while the Cenotaph war memorial has also been boxed up in London.
Mayor of London Sadiq khan said “key statues”, including none of Nelson Mandela, would be protected. it comes after the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into the river in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday.
The demonstration has been taking place across the world following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis after a police officer held a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Mr. Johnson said that, while he understood ” legitimate feelings of outrage” at what had happened, the ” only responsible course of action ” was to ” stay away from these protests.
They Had been “hijacked by extremists intent on violence “, he said.
The metropolitan police said it was ready to tackle violence directed at officers or property following disorder at anti-racism protests last weekend.
Commander Bas Javid said both black lives matter protestors and right-wing groups would be dealt with using the same tactics but urged all parties to stay at home and make their voices heard in other ways.
He added it was accepted ” a very, very small minority” we’re intent on engaging in violence last weekend but the force ” absolutely don’t condone….violence of any kind”.