Pockets of Black Lives Matter protesters rallied again in various parts of Britain on Saturday as about 1,000 counter-demonstrators also took to London’s streets vowing to protect historic monuments that have been targeted in recent days. Police warned some people may bring weapons, while statues of historical figures including Winston Churchill – Britain’s World War Two leader whom demonstrators call a racist – were boarded up to avoid becoming flashpoints. But speaking to Sky News one Winston Churchill’s supporter stressed only “a few individuals” were demonstrating to be violent, as he picked litter up.
He said: “This is not what we’re about.
“It’s just a few individuals, not the majority of the crowd.
“We were told not to travel down because they bolted the statues up, but to me it was just an attempt to stop us coming.
“It’s not worked.”
He added: “If there’s a statue of a man who supposedly fought for your freedom, regardless of your views if he fought for your freedom, you’re defacing the statue of a man who led this country to a victory against an oppressive state.
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“Look at what’s happened. Churchill had his victory but now we had to bolt his statue up because the individuals who live here…”
The Sky News journalist added: “Quite a few protesters have come up to us saying they don’t want to be portrayed as a potentially violent mob coming down here.
“It has to be said, though, there are some elements within here that have already clashed with police and perhaps are not of the same mindset as that young gentleman.
“But he wanted to be here, he said to protect the statues to make his voice heard in light of the violent scenes we saw a week ago.”
Sir Nicholas backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condemnation of disorder during last weekend’s Black Lives Matter protests and said London mayor Sadiq Khan was right to heed police advice and board up the statue and the nearby Cenotaph.
“I find it extraordinary that millions and millions of people all over the world who look up to Britain will be astonished that a statue of Churchill and the Cenotaph, our national war memorial, could have been defaced in this disgusting way,” he told the Telegraph.
“These people who are marching did not set out to do this, but a very, very small, extremely explosive group of people who have made a practice of hijacking entirely responsible demonstrations are behaving in an unspeakable and cowardly manner.
“It feels like a society that has lost its compass.”