Sadiq Khan has ordered protesters to remain at home and not venture into central London this week. A Black Lives Matter demonstration is set to take place today, but there are fears there could be clashes with the “extreme far-right”. The Mayor of London facilitated the covering of statues and monuments defaced in the last protests, and told Sky News that there would be more to come.
Westminster Council took the decision to board up the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, as well as the Cenotaph and one of Gandhi too.
He said: “We’ve been working closely with Westminster Council and the police.
“There’ll be further statues boarded up this weekend.
“Last weekend we saw a small minority vandalising the statue of Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph.”
READ MORE: Sadiq Khan attacks Hancock after being shamed for ‘weak’ advice
Mr Khan continued: “Also someone set one of the flags alight. That’s not acceptable.
“I’ve decided that the best thing to do is to take precautions rather than there being further criminal damage and vandalism to our statues.
“So I’m working with Westminster Council, City Hall and the police to board up some of our statues this weekend.
“There’ll be others boarded up today and this evening.”
Mr Khan told Sky: “One of the reasons we’ve made progress in COVID-19 in London is because of the monumental sacrifices made by Londoners staying at home during the lockdown.
“We could still face a second wave, but we now have real-life experiences and evidence from the US and Australia where protesters have caught the virus.
“What I say to those people who say they’re young and fit, think how you would feel if you return home and give the virus to an older relative.
“That’s why I implore people not to come to central London this weekend and find another way to make your views heard.”
The Government is understood to be drawing up plans to fast-track court cases related to protests.