‘Woke warriors seem to be winning’: Brexit Party chairman calls for protective covering around Churchill statue to be removed
Addressing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and London Mayor Sadiq Khan directly, Tice said “the woke warriors seem now to be winning over the United Kingdom,” adding that “the greatest Briton” had now “disappeared.”
The Churchill monument is one of a number of high-profile memorials and statues which have been hidden behind protective hoarding ahead of Black Lives Matter solidarity protests expected to be held this weekend, amid fears they will be targeted by demonstrators. A number of statues have been toppled by protesters in the UK in recent weeks.Also on rt.com London landmarks under review after toppling of Bristol slaver statue, says Mayor Sadiq Khan
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he had acted with the Met Police to secure several London landmarks, including the Cenotaph in Whitehall, which commemorates everyone who died during all the wars in which British citizens have fought. Khan has asked the public to remain at home over the weekend.
Conservative MPs Andrew Bridgen and Conor Burns decried the move, and Bridgen even called for both Khan and Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick to resign.
Churchill’s famous words “We will never surrender” is completely undermined by London Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s appeasement of the mob. It’s a national humiliation, Sadiq Kahn must resign and so should Cressida Dick.— Andrew Bridgen (@ABridgen) June 12, 2020
The Cenotaph is being boarded up. Our national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy - and many abuse - today. The statue of the greatest fighter for freedom who saved half Europe and the world - Winston Churchill - is boarded up. We need grip— Conor Burns (@ConorBurnsUK) June 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Johnson called the threats of vandalism to the Churchill monument “absurd and shameful.” Speaking about this weekend's expected protests, the prime minister said police will “make many more arrests,” adding that “those who attack officers will face the full force of the law,” following outbreaks of violence at marches held last weekend.Also on rt.com ‘Absurd and shameful’ Churchill monument at risk: British PM Johnson says UK anti-racism protests ‘hijacked by extremists’
Black Lives Matter activists and supporters are expected to take to the streets of London on Saturday and Sunday, and they are due to be met by counter-protesters including the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, which has called on its supporters to travel to the city to defend the monuments.
BLM organizers have called off a protest scheduled for London's Hyde Park amid fears of violent confrontations with right-wing groups.
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