Tyson Fury weighs into Winston Churchill statue row as monument is boarded up

Tyson Fury has called on Boris Johnson to protect the statue of Sir Winston Churchill after it was boxed off over fears it will be targeted this weekend.

The statue, which sits in Parliament Square in London, was graffitied during an anti-racist protest last week.

And ahead of an expected Black Lives Matter march today, the monument, along with others in the capital, has been boarded up.

Fury, who has regularly spoken out about being the subject of racism owing to him being a Traveller, took to social media to hail Churchill's achievements during the Second World War.

He wrote: "This is the great man Sir Winston Churchill, a man who saved millions of lives in the UK and around the world.

"He made it possible to live in the world we know today, don’t forget if Hitler would of won the war there would be no blacks, gypsies or Jews in Europe as he would of killed them all.

"We owe our lives to this legend of a leader, Sir Winston Churchill I salute you as a patriot of England and the world heavyweight boxing champion and the Gypsy King.

"Boris Johnson, grow a pair. Do not let anyone desecrate our great leader's monument."

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Anti-racism protesters, who have staged demonstrations since the death of African American George Floyd, have put statues at the forefront of their challenge to Britain's imperialist past.

A statue of Edward Colston, who made a fortune in the 17th century from the slave trade, was torn down in the city of Bristol on Sunday.

And Johnson took to Twitter yesterday to appeal to protestors to respect Churchill's statue.

"It is absurd and shameful that this national monument should today be at risk of attack by violent protesters," he wrote.

"Yes, he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today, but he was a hero, and he fully deserves his memorial.

"We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history."

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