Extinction Rebellion protester arrested as ‘racist’ scrawled on Churchill statue

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A man has been arrested after graffiti was left on a Winston Churchill statue calling the former Prime Minister a "racist".

The arrest was made during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Parliament Square, central London.

The words “is a racist” were sprayed in yellow under the monument.

Officers in Parliament Square are also working to remove a road blockage put up by the group.

They have so far arrested 648 people while policing Extinction Rebellion protests in the city since the beginning of the month.

It comes after police arrested a group of semi-naked protesters who chained themselves to railings surrounding Parliament in a bid to expose the “bare truth”.

They wore masks with “4C” written on them and words including drought, starvation and wildfires, to highlight the impact of global warming.

The protests form part of the final phase of an Extinction Rebellion campaign calling for a Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill to be passed by Parliament.

XR tweeted in support of today's demonstration: "The forces of the state mobilise to crush dissent & protect the interests of the powerful, mothers & babies step up to defend the truth. We are in a #ClimateEmergency.

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"We face a 4ºC increase in temperature in the lifetime of this child. 4ºC = the death of millions."

Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to crack down on XR demonstrators, after an action last weekend when distribution plants for several newspapers were blockaded.

She described the protesters as “so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals” and threatened to crack down on what she called “guerrilla tactics.”

Speaking to the Police Superintendents' Association annual conference, the Home Secretary said: 'Now it is said that where there is no law there is no freedom, and that law and order is the cornerstone of our free society."

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