Soldiers from the Household Cavalry began scrubbing away grafitti with horse-grooming brushes from the Earl Haig statue in London as they were heckled by protesters. In the video footage, demonstraters can be heard blasting them for cleaning “their precious memorial” after thousands took to the streets to campaign for Black Lives Matter. The graffiti read ACAB which stands for ‘All cops are b******s’.
In the clip, a woman can be heard saying: “Couldn’t even wait a day. Not one day, because of their precious memorial.”
Another added: “Excuse me when I saw you earlier you all picked up signs and put them in bin bags. Why did you pick them up? I don’t understand.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed to MailOnline it was members of the Household Cavalry who cleaned the statue.
They told the publication: “They were in the area because their head office is nearby and they noticed the graffiti and wanted to go out and clean it.
“They asked permission and the commander was happy for them to do so as long as they stayed safe.”
Sharing the video online, former Tory MEP Daniel Hannan said: “Young people abused for cleaning up graffiti. Still convinced that these protests are some kind of benign movement for racial justice?”
It comes as future mass protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in the US would be “unlawful” due to the current coronavirus restrictions, a senior Metropolitan Police officer has warned.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The health protection regulations are really clear that it is unlawful.
Michael Lockwood, director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which oversees complaints made against forces in England and Wales, has urged officers to listen to ethnic minority communities.
Writing in The Independent, he said: “Right now, communities in the UK are expressing real and growing concerns about disproportionality.
“Only two weeks ago we highlighted increasing community concerns about the use of Taser.
“We are also hearing concerns about stop and search and, most recently, fines issued during lockdown being disproportionate to black people.”
Published at Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:44:00 +0000