Johnson believes the demolition of monuments of attempt to commit past the censorship
The demolition of historical monuments is an attempt to lie about the history of the country, people can't censor the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
On Friday the city of London due to fears of vandalism has closed the plywood boards monuments to Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and the memorial Cenotaph in honor of those killed in the First world war. During the action in memory of the deceased American George Floyd in Bristol vandals threw into the Bay the monument to merchant, philanthropist and MP Edward Colston, who in the seventeenth century, engaged in the slave trade. In London, the hooligans struck racist inscriptions on a monument to Churchill and tried to damage the Cenotaph.
"The fact that today our national monument may be under threat from aggressive protesters is absurd and shame... We can't try to edit or to censor our past. We can't pretend we had a different story. The statues in our cities established by past generations," wrote Johnson on Twitter.
According to the Prime Minister, the statue of Churchill in Parliament square is a constant reminder of his contribution to the cause of saving the country and Europe from the fascist and racist tyranny.
"Yes, sometimes he has expressed views unacceptable today, but he was a hero and deserved to be immortalized in a monument," said Johnson.
He acknowledged that people can have different views on the good and the bad, and the different views on historical issues.
"Monuments give us a lesson about our past, with all its errors. To demolish them is to lie about our history and create gaps in the education of future generations", - said the Prime Minister.
Johnson said he understands the feelings of those who went out on the action for the rights of the black population last week, and shares their sorrow what happened with Floyd in Minnesota.
"However, in this country (UK) there has been progress in the fight against racism, and quite large. But we recognize that much remains to be done. However, it is clear that, unfortunately, the protests, the leadership was intercepted configured on violence by the extremists. We will not tolerate attacks on police and acts of violence like those we saw last week, they were gross", - concluded the Prime Minister.
The movement for the rights of blacks Black Lives Matter planned to hold another - the fourth - a rally in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, however, after the unification of football fans said that will come on the weekend to London and protects against vandalism of the monument and the police, the action was cancelled. Perhaps the meeting will be held on Friday or Sunday, but Black Lives Matter said in a statement that it did not support postponing the event because of the inability to plan because of concerns with security issues.
A wave of initiatives to revise history and demolition of monuments to those who were involved in the slave trade or making racist statements, began in Britain last week after rallies for the rights of blacks. A victim of the new, actively supported by the labour party campaign has become the statue of the shipowner Robert Milligan, who owned slaves. In Oxford, several hundred people demand that the College administration Oriel to remove the historical facade of the building a statue of the owner, an imperialist and Prime Minister of the British colony on the territory of modern South Africa, Cecil Rhodes, whom critics called the architect of apartheid.
The mayor of London, labour's Sadiq Khan has created a special "Commission on diversity in the public sphere," which will assess what monuments you want to remove, what to keep, and which to build in order to recall the achievements of Londoners, particularly among blacks and ethnic minorities. The main task of the Commission as conceived by the mayor, will be "to increase the representation of" blacks, Asians, ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ and people with disabilities.
The movement of young labour London have prepared a list of historical figures whose lives should be studied. In particular, the bookseller and founder of the hospital in Central London, Thomas guy and also a physician, naturalist and collector Hans Sloane, whose collection formed the basis for the creation of the British Museum and it is named after one of the squares. The labour party declare that guy, and Sloan made a profit from the slave trade. In the "black list" hit and Lord mayor William Beckford, also receiving money from the slave trade.
Black Lives Matter requires the demolition of the monument to Nelson on the column in Trafalgar square and the monument to Christopher Columbus in Belgravia, West London.
Geographic society of the University of London Imperial College June 9, abandoned the name of Henry de La Besha due to the fact that he owned slaves. De La Besh is the developer of the methods of geological research and the founder of the Geological survey of great Britain.
The city Council of Bournemouth has decided to dismantle the statue of British military leader and the founder of the scout movement Robert Baden-Powell and send it to the vault due to disturbances of the fighters for the rights of blacks. However, after the decision was announced, the statue has gathered local residents and stated that it will not allow to do so. The execution of the decision of the city Council was temporarily suspended.