A statue of Winston Churchill stands in London’s Parliament Square, forever looking out on the city he saw through man’s greatest conflict.
Each year on June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day, the statue also stands as a solemn, yet triumphant reminder of the darkness of WWII and the British resolve to survive their greatest test.
This year on June 6th, Parliament Square was flooded with BLM protesters intent on destroying the monument to the British Bulldog.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson did nothing. Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Tyson Fury, had something to say about it:
According to MSN, that wasn't all Fury had to say:
“This is the great man Sir Winston Churchill, a man who saved millions of lives in the UK and around the world,” the 31-year-old wrote.“He made it possible to live in the world we know today, don’t forget if [Adolf] Hitler would [have] won the war there would be no Black, Gyspy, Jew in Europe as he would [have] killed them all.
“We owe our lives to this legend of a leader, Sir Winston Churchill I salute you as a patriot of England & the world heavyweight boxing champion & the Gyspy King.”
Many on Twitter echoed Fury's outrage over the statue's vandalization:
From the onset of the protests and riots, local officials and Johnson's government did little to protect the site from vandals.
Breitbart reports that counterprotestors gathered to do the work the government couldn't or wouldn't do themselves:
Far-right activists scuffled with police in central London Saturday, as hundreds gathered to demonstrate despite strict police restrictions and warnings to stay home to contain the coronavirus.
Different groups of right-wing activists and soccer fans descended on the U.K. capital, saying they wanted to guard historical monuments that have been targeted in the last week by anti-racism protesters.
Many gathered around the statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph war memorial, which were both boarded up Friday to protect them from vandalism. Officials put protective panels around the monuments amid fears that far-right activists would seek confrontations with anti-racism protesters under the guise of protecting statues.
Some activists threw bottles and cans at officers, while others tried to push through police barriers. Riot police on horses pushed the crowd back. The protesters, who appeared to be mostly white men, chanted “England” and sang the national anthem.
“I am extremely fed up with the way that the authorities have allowed two consecutive weekends of vandalism against our national monuments,” Paul Golding, leader of the far-right group Britain First, told the Press Association.
For several days, Boris Johnson was conspicuously mum on the subject.
He may have been busy self isolating while riots engulfed his capital city.
He came around eventually though.
Could you blame him?
I wouldn't want The Heavyweight Champion of the world calling me out either.
In fact he's so afraid of Fury now that he's going to protect the statue with his life (jk).
In a recent Op-Ed for The Telegraph Johnson had this to say:
Would it not be better and more honest to ask our children to understand the context, to explain the mixture of good and bad in the career of Churchill and everyone else?” Johnson wrote. “I will resist with every breath in my body any attempt to remove that statue from Parliament Square.”
Here, here, Mr. Prime Minister.
In the end, it's a shame that left-wing (& inept) Mayor Sadiq Khan has the responsibility of protecting historical monuments in London, like that of Churchill.
And this is his shameful solution:
Let's save history from being boxed up. The Last Lion deserves better.