The monument of the former Prime Minister - who led the country through World War 2 - had to be protected after it was daubed with graffiti during
The monument of the former Prime Minister – who led the country through World War 2 – had to be protected after it was daubed with graffiti during the often violent protests around Parliament Square. Under Sir Winston’s name on the statue, protesters spray-painted “is a racist”. The Greater London Authority, run by Mr Khan, also built hoardings around several other statues in the capital over fears they too would be vandalised.
Now newly-released figures under the Freedom of Information Act show it cost £10,147 to put up the hoarding around Sir Winston’s statue.
Separately, an additional £21,115 was spent on protecting statues of former world leaders Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
The GLA also revealed it cost more than £3,000 to remove clean graffiti sprayed throughout Parliament and Trafalgar Squares.
The boarding around the statue of Sir Winston was put up on June 12 in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests but was taken down six weeks later in time for the visit to London by French President Emmanuel Macron.
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The London Mayor defended the move to protect the monuments of the former leaders, describing it as a “wise” decision.
He explained fears the statues in the capital could become a ‘flashpoint for violence’ involving far-Right protesters.
This came after a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down by angry protesters in Bristol just days earlier.
Mr Khan had also highlighted how the statues had previously been boarded up, including while Mr Johnson was himself Mayor of London.
The Prime Minister had also said it was “absurd and shameful” the statues were being targeted.
He said: “The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square is a permanent reminder of his achievement in saving this country – and the whole of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.
“It is absurd and shameful that this national monument should today be at risk of attack by violent protesters.
“Yes, he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today, but he was a hero, and he fully deserves his memorial.
“We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history.
“The statues in our cities and towns were put up by previous generations.”