Britain's far-right groups call for the removal of Mandela's statue

Britain's far-right groups call for the removal of Mandela's statue

- The statue of Nelson Mandela in London has been boarded up after it was targeted by Britain's far-right groups

- Far right groups are reacting to the calls by protesters to remove statues of racist historical figures

- Last week the statue of war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill was vandalised

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The statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square, London has been boarded up along with a number of other monuments of historical figures that have been targeted by protesters.

A wave of protests have been seen around world and it began after the recorded killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protest in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter began in the United States and quickly spread across the world.

A number of countries have since seen the targeting of statues of historical figures that espoused racist and other discriminatory sentiments.

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Protesters in London vandalised the statue of war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill who played a part in the Bengal famine in India that killed three million people and also advocated the of chemical weapons against "uncivilised tribes".

Churchill's statues was then boarded up to protect it. Reacting to the calls to remove statues that celebrate discriminatory figures, Britain's far right have suggested the removal of Nelson Mandela's statues.

The statue was erected in 2007 to commemorate South Africa's first democratically-elected president.

Among the most vocal of the counter-protesters is Britain First leader Paul Golding, who has previously been convicted of racist harassment as well as a terror offence as recently as May this year.

Golding has been banned from attending any demonstrations as a result of his previous convictions but has been seen at counter protests across London.

Golding called for the removal of Mandela's statue, calling the former South African president a "communist terrorist mass murderer".

Police have been deployed across hot spots in London to monitor the protests and counter-protests set to continue this week.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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