BLM Protester Boasts About Desecrating Churchill Statue: 'He's a Confirmed Racist'
Masked Black Lives Matter 'activist' explains why he vandalized monument
A masked Black Lives Matter protester has admitted to desecrating London's monument to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, boasting that he vandalized the statue because Britain's greatest leader was "a confirmed racist."
The young "activist" told the BBC that hero Churchill defended the UK and Europe from the Nazi invasion during the Second World War because he cared more about colonialism than black people.
He also falsely accused Churchill of "enslaving people" and claimed the celebrated ex-PM only fought the Nazis to protect the empire - not for "black people or for people of color or for people of anything."
The masked man, who is being searched for by the Metropolitan Police, admitted to using black spray paint to "tag" the phrase "was racist" below the wartime leader's name, leaving the monument reading: "Churchill was a racist."
A "f*** your agenda" was also added to the famous statue.
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After leaving Parliament Square last night he spoke to a BBC reporter and said: "I tagged up the statue of Churchill because he's a confirmed racist.
"He fought the Nazis to protect the Commonwealth from invasion - he didn't do it for black people or for people of color or for people of anything.
"He did it sheerly for colonialism.
"People will be angry - but I'm angry that for many years we have been oppressed."
He added: "You can't enslave people, have the largest colonial empire in history and be like 'Yeah let's be peaceful - let's talk'.
"It don't work like that. We're p***ed off. F**k that."
He also said that people from BAME backgrounds who fought in the Second World War are not properly recognized for their sacrifices.
Interview with the protestor/defacer who ‘tagged’ the Churchill statue on Parliament square. pic.twitter.com/YgceMnfeqR— Vinnie O'Dowd (@VinnieoDowd) June 7, 2020
Critics have flagged the Twitter video to the Met Police to help their investigation - but his supporters have urged the BBC reporter to delete it.
The vandal's fans fear the video will lead detectives to him, accusing the reporter of putting the graffiti artist "at risk."
It came as a group of volunteers including four Army cadets cleaned up the memorial to Winston Churchill with their own cleaning products in London this morning.
One, a warehouse worker called Max, 25, who had just finished a night shift and went to Saturday's protests, also helped clean up.
Max told MailOnline he went there because it "just felt like it was the right thing to do."
A professional cleaner - remarkably called Winston - also turned up to do the job professionally after a group of Tory MPs started scrubbing the plinth before English Heritage officers told them to stop because they "would end up doing more damage."
Fears of a second wave of the coronavirus have now been sparked after thousands of Black Lives Matters protesters defied pleas from the government to not gather in groups and took to the streets across Britain over the weekend.
Professor Keith Neal, an epidemiologist at Nottingham University, said the protests are "not going to help keep transmission down."