Churchill statue and the Cenotaph: London monuments boarded up ahead of protests

London’s iconic statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph have been boarded up as fears of violence grow over Black Lives Matter protests set to take place this weekend. 

Protective fences were placed around both memorials overnight as officials anticipate they could become hotspots for clashes between protesters during Black Lives Matter demonstrations this weekend.

London mayor Sadiq Khan today added that “key statues” including one of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi will also be covered.