Group gathers at Sunderland war memorial to 'protect it from vandalism'

A group has gathered at the Sunderland war memorial on Burdon Road to protect it from vandalism – despite no Black Lives Matter protests planned in the city.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 2:01 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th June 2020, 1:30 pm

The group has gathered at the war memorial on Burdon Road, Sunderland to protect it from potentially being targeted by vandals, they say.

It follows attacks on statues in London and Bristol last weekend during protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement over historical racism to the people depicted in them.

Authorities in London have boarded up the statue of Winston Churchill this weekend.

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Small numbers of protesters have gathered at the Sunderland war memorial to protect it from vandalism.

Sid Cooper, one of the people gathered at the Sunderland war memorial today explained why they were there.

He said: “We are here, hoping to protect our country’s heritage for the future generations.

“It is an absolute disgrace what has been happening up and down the country.”

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The scene at the statue of Major General Sir Henry Havelock in Mowbray Park this afternoon. No protesters were guarding it despite the monument being added to the "Topple the Racists" list

Despite those protecting the memorial in Sunderland City Centre, there are no protests relating to the Black Lives Matter movement planned to take place on Wearside.

There has been no reported protests, counter demonstrations or damage to landmarks in Sunderland.

The leaders of the Council have promised that a “conversation” will be held to review the future of any monuments which may cause offence.

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