Police in Sydney, Australia were deployed to form a ring of protection around a statue of Captain Cook, putting to shame Boris Johnson’s UK government, which capitulated by hiding Winston Churchill inside a box.
“Heavy police presence protecting the Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park after a last minute change of location to tonight’s Black Lives Matter protest,” tweeted journalist Emily Ritchie. “About 400 peaceful protestors marched, surrounded by a significant number of police.”
The video clip shows officers forming a protection line around the statue, which is a life-size representation of British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy James Cook.
Heavy police presence protecting the Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park after a last minute change of location to tonight’s Black Lives Matter protest. About 400 peaceful protestors marched, surrounded by a significant number of police #blacklivesmatteraustralia pic.twitter.com/BpfxCiIw9X
— Emily Ritchie (@emritchiejourno) June 12, 2020
The response was very different to how Boris Johnson’s Conservative government reacted to the desecration of Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square, London.
After the statue was defaced last weekend, a group of Brits attempted to congregate around the statue to protect it, but were quickly moved on by police.
The monument was then scrawled with the words “(Churchill) was a racist.” Another man caught on camera removing ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs from the monument was also harassed by police on the orders of a BLM mob.
— Richard Tice (@TiceRichard) June 12, 2020
Now the Churchill statue, as well as the Cenotaph war memorial, have been hidden inside makeshift boxes to “protect” them from the mob.
In reality, by hiding the statues from public view, the government has capitulated to the mob.
Churchill’s statue doesn’t look very “permanent” at the moment, Prime Minister. In fact I fail to see the difference between imprisoning him within a grey box and just carting him off to storage – he’s erased from public view either way. https://t.co/MiciLyohbQ pic.twitter.com/rKYGBQtoQn
— Jack Montgomery (@JackBMontgomery) June 12, 2020
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