Activist arrested for writing 'racist' on Winston Churchill statue at XR protest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to a statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration.

Pictures shared on social media appeared to show graffiti had been sprayed on the statue branding the former prime minister a ‘racist’.

It comes after the same statue was boarded up after being defaced with the words ‘was a racist’ at an anti-racism demonstration in June.

Officers also arrested a group of topless female protesters who chained themselves to railings surrounding Parliament on Thursday.

At least 13 women attached themselves to the outside of the Palace of Westminster with bike locks around their necks as part of ongoing XR protests to bring public attention to the climate emergency.

They all wore masks with ‘4C’ written on them, and with words including drought, starvation and wildfires written on their chests.

Sarah Mintram, a teacher who took part in the action, said: ‘Now we’ve got your attention. By neglecting to communicate the consequences of a 4C world – war, famine, drought, displacement – the Government are failing to protect us.’

The Metropolitan Police has arrested 648 people while policing Extinction Rebellion protests in the city since the beginning of the month.

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