Boris Johnson has claimed that anti-racism protests within the UK have been “hijacked by extremists intent on violence”.

The prime minister mentioned it was “absurd and shameful” {that a} statue of Sir Winston Churchill was “susceptible to assault” by protesters.

Referring to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations sparked by the loss of life of George Floyd within the US, Mr Johnson concluded a collection of tweets by saying “the one accountable plan of action is to avoid these protests”.

He wrote: “We can’t now attempt to edit or censor our previous.

“We can’t fake to have a unique historical past. The statues in our cities and cities had been put up by earlier generations.”

The assertion posted on Mr Johnson’s Twitter web page mentioned: “The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Sq. is a everlasting reminder of his achievement in saving this nation – and the entire of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.

“It’s absurd and shameful that this nationwide monument ought to immediately be susceptible to assault by violent protestors.

“Sure, he generally expressed opinions that had been and are unacceptable to us immediately, however he was a hero, and he totally deserves his memorial.”

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