LIVE: Tensions rise as nationalist protesters in London meet counter demo
Ruptly is live from London on Saturday, 13 June, as nationalist groups gathered in Whitehall to “guard” the statues from potential vandalism by anti-racism protesters meet a counter demo.
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 as a result of the demo.
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.