Two of Britain’s most celebrated war memorials have been defaced with the word ‘Islam’ scrawled across them and inscriptions scrubbed out with red paint. Police are investigating the vandalism of the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park and the Animals In War Memorial in Park Lane.
UK Daily Mail (h/t bains) Pictures taken today show that the damage has now been covered over with plastic or white sheets.
Scotland Yard said there have not been any arrests, so it not clear if it has been done by Muslim protesters or far-right groups attempting to stir-up hatred. (Oh crap, this isn’t the first time Muslims have vandalized war memorials -see below)
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘At 5am this morning police discovered graffiti on both the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in Green Park and the Animals in War Memorial on Park Lane. ‘Royal Parks’ officers and Westminster police are investigating. There have been no arrests at present.’
The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War and was unveiled by the Queen last summer. Just last week Dame Judi Dench described herself as being ‘very proud’ to be the first patron of a new campaign to preserve it for generations to come.
The Animals in War Memorial is ‘a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century’, according to the Animals in War Fund website.
The monument was unveiled by the Princess Royal in November 2004 – the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I.
The fund’s website says the £2 million needed to build the monument came from ‘a national appeal and the generosity of many individual donors, charities and companies’.
It came as supporters of the English Defence League (bel0w) marched through central London today. The EDL demonstrators pushed their way through a police cordon as they made their way to Trafalgar Square. They chanted ‘Muslim killers off our streets’ and ‘There’s only one Lee Rigby’ and protesters held placards that read ‘Blood on your hands’ and ‘GB RIP’. They are expected to demonstrate outside Downing Street later.
A racist group of ‘United Against Fascism’ (but united FOR Islamic fascism) supporters (below) are planning a counter-protest at the same time and were penned in by the Met Police to avoid ugly clashes. The demonstrators marched through Admiralty Arch and onto Parliament Square. They were escorted by Metropolitan Police officers and vans, while a force helicopter followed overhead. A Scotland Yard spokesman said Whitehall was closed to traffic because of ‘a number of demonstrations’.
On Saturday night riot police were called to stop a ‘Help for Heroes’ walk over fears it would turn violent. Officers carrying shields and batons brought a halt to the parade in Bristol after they received reports of planned trouble.
Marchers said they were raising money for the armed forces charity but internet rumours claimed the
facist patriotic group the English Defence League was also taking part.
Police stopped the walk outside a pub – sparking a five hour stand-off which saw up to 40 people barricade themselves inside. Riot police, vans and horses attended on Saturday evening as an operation was launched to contain the group. Officers say there were 19 arrests and 12 people were later charged with public order offences and five remanded in custody.