UK: Nationalist groups gather central London to defend historical statues

Protesters from several nationalist and far-right groups gathered in front of Westminster to «guard» the statues from potential vandalism by anti-racism protesters in London, on Saturday. The demonstrators could be seen gathered in London's Whitehall, with the intention of protecting the statues against potential vandalism by Black Lives Matter protesters. The nationalist demonstrators then marched towards Trafalgar Square but they were stopped by the London police forces who set up a barricade across from 10 Downing street. The protesters can be seen chanting and confronting the police as they attempted to cross the barricade. One group of protesters can be seen smacking Ruptly's camera as they continue to taunt police officers who pushed the protesters back. Last weekend thousands took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in London sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis. A graffiti with words «was a racist» appeared on the statue of the former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the demonstration. On Thursday night, scaffolding was erected around the Churchill statue, Cenotaph on Whitehall and the statues of George Washington and King James II on Trafalgar square amid concerns they would be vandalized.

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