Hundreds of people gathered in central London today for the protest organised by far-right groups claiming they were there to protect statues from Black Lives Matter protesters. But one man was pictured urinating next to PC Palmer’s memorial.
PC Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood during the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who gave first aid to PC Palmer as he lay dying in the grounds Parliament, shared the picture of the man and tweeted: “Absolute shame on this man.
“Of all the images to emerge over these few testing days I find this one of most abhorrent. Please help identify him.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan wrote: “Beyond contempt… One of the thugs in London today to ‘save our country’ from people defacing memorials – caught urinating on the memorial for hero PC Keith Palmer who died as he tackled a terrorist & was awarded a posthumous George Medal.”
Tory MP Lucy Allan tweeted: “This is a memorial to PC Keith Palmer who gave his life protecting Parliament from a terror attack only 3 years ago.”
Labour’s Rupa Huq added: “Absolutely repulsive. I was there when Parliament came under attack form a terrorist in 2017 and PC Palmer paid with his life to defend us all.
“Tobias rushed to his aid when all other MPs ran the other way. Now this. Shameful.”
It comes as far-right protesters clashed with police near the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.
“It is clear that far right groups are causing violence and disorder in central London, I urge people to stay away.”
Police attempted to stop protesters from far-right groups getting to Hyde Park where a Black Lives Demonstration was taking place.
Paul Golding, leader of Britain First, said the crowds had turned out to “guard our monuments”.
He said: ”I am extremely fed up with the way that the authorities have allowed two consecutive weekends of vandalism against our national monuments.
“Anyone who comes along today to try and vandalise them will probably be dealt with by all of these Englishmen that turned up, and they’re fed up as well.”
On Friday, statues in Parliament Square including of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were boarded up to prevent them being targeted by demonstrators.
The Metropolitan Police warned people joining protests on Saturday that they must be off the streets by 5pm or risk being arrested.
It followed violence at the end of Black Lives Matter rallies last weekend.
Published at Sat, 13 Jun 2020 16:38:00 +0000