Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly condemned violent protestors that have vandalised statues across the UK and threatened to re-write British history.
This week, a statue of Winston Churchill in London was spray-painted and defaced by protestors following a global protest movement in response to the killing of George Floyd in the U.S.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister condemned those that would seek to deface iconic statues and attempt to re-write British history in their own vision.
While the Prime Minister was sympathetic with protests against racism in all its forms, he condemned attacks on police and violence by a small monitory who have hijacked the movement.
“The attacks on the police and indiscriminate acts of violence which we have witnessed over the last week are intolerable and they are abhorrent,” said the Prime Minister. He went on to talk about the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament square, saying that is was “a permanent reminder of his achievement in saving this country – and the whole of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.”
The Prime Minister admitted that there was more to be done in fighting racism but was clear in his message in urging people to stay away from the protests and not to participate in trying to undermine British history.
Speaking about Britain’s history, the Prime Minister said “We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history. The statues in our cities and towns were put up by previous generations.”
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