Johnson disgusted at threat to Churchill Statue
Boris Johnson has said that it was "absurd and shameful" that the statue of Winston Churchill was at any risk of vandalism and attack by protesters. This has been his strongest statement yet on the protests considering what the far-left protesters have done so far.
The attack on statues comes after protests by Black Lives Matter and Antifa over George Floyd's death have taken a different approach attacking Britain's past.
The statue of Edward Colston, who made a fortune during the 17th century from the slavery, was torn down within the city of Bristol on Sunday by demonstrators participating in a worldwide wave of protests.
Before new protests on Friday and at the weekend, officials boarded up a statue opposite parliament of Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during world war Two, after demonstrators defaced it on Sunday.
“It is absurd and shameful that this national monument should today be at risk of attack by violent protesters,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
“Yes, he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today, but he was a hero, and he fully deserves his memorial. We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history,”
Boris Johnson went on to say that
“Whatever progress this country has made in fighting racism - and it has been huge - we all recognise that there is much more work to do,” he said. “But it is clear that the protests have been sadly hijacked by extremists intent on violence.”