Protestor Spends Night On Churchill Statue

By Stuart Black Last edited 43 months ago
Protestor Spends Night On Churchill Statue

Photo by Entoptika in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last night, a lone Occupy London protester in Parliament Square defied police trying to evict the group, by mounting the square's statue of Winston Churchill. The man refused to come down and stoically managed to remain in place all night despite the bitter weather. He was wearing a high-vis jacket and had a police officer's hat on.

This latest episode follows five days of clashes between police and the protesters, who are campaigning for a range of issues including a fairer economy and less hierarchy in society. Yesterday, Baroness Jenny Jones, the deputy chair of the London Assembly's police and crime committee was arrested after she took tea out to the protestors.

Police have said they tried to evict the Occupy movement late last night because they were in breach of a 2011 law that forbids having sleeping equipment in Parliament Square. After the man climbed up on the plinth the police erected safety barriers around the statue and took shifts keeping up a nocturnal vigil.

This is not the first time Churchill's statue has been used as the focus for protest — in 2000, for example, the old Prime Minister's statue was memorably restyled with a green mohican by an ex-soldier during the May Day anarchist demonstrations.

Last Updated 22 October 2014

Damian Suarez

After making almost 17000 kms and saving money for at least 6 months finally got to be there, I used to be your enemy (I'm Argentinian) but love your culture, your country and your respect to institutions. So I think that making anything stupid to the sculpture of one of the great liders of the 20 century's its a crime. Think about it

Noel Gallagher

Spray these posh students with water then watch em run home to mummy and dadda

Sam

Good on them!

Evie

Protestor happens to be quite handsome from what I can see. He's got my attention for the cause - wrong but honest!