Those who attended the protest on Sunday have shared images and videos of the police guarding the statue, with some condemning the move.
“Police have come back into the crowd to stand around the Winston Churchill statue,” writer Sian Bradley tweeted. “Heard from a legal observer that a commanding officer told his colleagues “protect Churchill at all costs”. Chants of protect women not statues.”
MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy posted a picture of the statue being protected next to an image of a young woman being detained at yesterday’s vigil, asking: “What does this say about our society?”
Another said: “The people gathering to protest police violence against women have been entirely peaceful all day. I swear the police are just trolling at this point.”
“We don’t need to protect Churchill, he’s been dead since 1965,” another user tweeted. “People who do need protecting? Women just going about their everyday business. @metpoliceuk need to get their priorities sorted.”
During the interview, Ms Stevenson said she still doesn’t know why she was pushed to the ground “so forcefully”, adding: I was only there to lay a candle down.”
She told Good Morning Britain: “To be honest I still don’t know why I was pushed to the ground so forcefully. I’m quite small and it was two very large male officers who sort of pulled me back very quickly.
“From start to finish it was sort of a whirlwind. It happened very quickly and I was only there to lay a candle down.”
She continued: “All we wanted was for women to be able to mourn and share each other’s company in a safe space and it wasn’t allowed to go ahead.”
She added that there needs to be a greater focus on women’s safety and creating a “dialogue” among the police and the public.
“As someone who does stand up for women’s rights and things like that, I think we need to get the message away from we’re against the police and focus on the main message which is that we now need to open a dialogue for change and to support women’s safety.”
Ms Everard’s death has sparked vigils across the UK and a national conversation around women’s safety.