A statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill opposite parliament was sprayed with graffiti by protesters declaring him a racist for the second time in four months.
The plinth of the World War Two leader’s statue on Parliament Square was sprayed in yellow paint late on Thursday with the words “is a racist”.
“We have arrested a man in Parliament Square on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the Winston Churchill statue,” the Metropolitan police said on Twitter.
The statue was defaced in June during a fractious end to a mostly peaceful protest over the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, prompting authorities to board it up for a period.
Floyd’s death in police custody in May sparked protests about racial inequality across the United States and Europe and reignited a debate in Britain about monuments to those involved in the country’s imperialist past. (Reuters)