Sunday, 17 October 2021

UK police boards up Gandhi statue ahead of Black Lives Matter protest

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LONDON: Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the Parliament Square has been covered and boarded up completely to protect it from anti-racism and anti-fascism Black Lives Matter protestors, who have threatened to bring down nearly 60 statues across Britain of those historic figures who expressed racist views towards black people.

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi right outside the British Parliament is among several monuments covered and boarded up in London, ahead of another set of planned protests to condemn racism and the racist killing of African-American George Floyd.

Campaigners have called for the removal of Gandhi’s statues in London, Leicester, Manchester and Bloomsbury stating that Gandhi was openly racist towards black Africans and called them inferior, savages and Kaafirs.

Geo News had exclusively reported three days ago about the removal of Gandhi’s statue petition and since then dozens of western media – including BBC – have picked up the story.

The steps below Mahatma Gandhi’s statue and the sculpture of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill nearby were among those targeted with graffiti during anti-racism Black Lives Matter protests last weekend. “Racist” was written under Gandhi’s statue by protestors – the same statue is now completely covered up.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that the Metropolitan Police were working on a “robust” policing plan to keep Londoners safe and to prevent disorder, including covering up key landmarks.

“Together with our partners, we are ensuring that key statues and monuments at risk, including the Cenotaph, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, are covered and protected,” he said.

Sadiq Khan’s office confirmed that Mahatma Gandhi’s statue is also among the monuments being protected.

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