MP slams 'agitators who can’t get their history right' as statue of Robert Peel boarded up to protect it

“These threats help no one, but distract from a message of peaceful protest.” The George Washington statue in Trafalgar Square has also been covered up ahead of protests planned this weekend. The protests sparked by the death of Mr Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis has ignited a discussion about the UK's imperial past historical figures often associated with slavery and racism.