UK PM defends history in statue row

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Statues linked to slave trade or Britain’s colonial history have been defaced in the past week. ? AFP/Files LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said a wave of anti-racism protests across Britain had been “hijacked by extremists”, as fears mounted about clashes between activists and far-right groups. In London, authorities boarded up several statues, including of World War II leader Winston Churchill, after previous damage and with further demonstrations planned.

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