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Veterans And Soldiers Help Clean Cenotaph Graffiti

The Cenotaph in London was defaced during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Grafiti daubed on the Cenotaph in London during protests at the weekend has been removed.

Veterans and serving soldiers came together to help scrub graffiti off the Cenotaph on Whitehall, in Central London, on Monday morning.

"This is hallowed ground," said former soldier Matt.

"We come here, we pay our respects. This is a monument which stands here for everyone, all colours, all creeds.

"That includes black people, that includes the Sikhs, that includes the Gurkhas, the Fijians, the Irish, the whites, the Jamaicans, the Africans... all the other people who have served this country," he added.

Londoner Medina called the act "terrible" and "thoughtless".

"I think that defeats the object," she said.

"What you should be doing is standing in silence, because it's where people have died.

"We were all part of the war, we all rebuilt the country... our parents were part of the Windrush, so that's the lack of respect.

"So, again, whoever [has] done that - you have no respect and we won't get anywhere if you do things like that," she added.

The UK has seen a raft of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in the US.

In London, 15,000 people took it to the streets to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

For the most part, protests were peaceful.

However, eight police officers were injured as bottles and other objects were thrown and 12 people were arrested for disorder offences.

Statues, including one of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, were defaced.

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