The pedestal of Winston Churchill statue in Prague became a target of Black Lives Matter movement supporters who vandalized the monument, scribbling “was a racist” and “Black Lives Matter” on the pedestal.
The incident caused outrage among many Czechs, with top politicians describing the act as an attempt to deface a historical monument.
“We must see historical figures in the context of the time in which they lived. Judging them without understanding the context is stupid and leads to such a stupid act,” said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
Police officers have immediately started to investigate the incident at the Winston Churchill square, where the statue of this British politician stands, according to Czech portal E15.
“Officers will document the whole incident on the spot, securing evidence,” said Jan Rybanský, a spokesman of the Prague police department.
Furthermore, the Prague 3 municipal district, to which the statue belongs, sent an anti-graffiti team to erase the slogans.
“To us, it is a form of vandalism. We are not considering removing the statue,” said Lucie Bukovanská, a spokeswoman of Prague 3 City Hall.
Last Sunday, the inscription “was a racist” was spray-painted under Churchill’s name on a statue of the famed British wartime leader in front of the British Parliament in London, which is believed to have inspired the Czech copycats who police are still searching for.
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