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Police guard Churchill statue as protesters descend on Westminster guard statue of Winston Churchill as protesters gather around

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Images have circulated across social media of the force guarding a monument of the late prime minister at a protest which began at New Scotland Yard and ended with people marching to Parliament Square.

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.

Patsy Stevenson was one of the women arrested at the protests in honour of Sarah Everard on Saturday night

/ Good Morning Britain

“From start to finish it was sort of a whirlwind. It happened very quickly and I was only there to lay a candle down.”

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