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18th June, 2020

Churchill’s bust vandalised

The bust of Winston Churchill in the Budapest City Park has been vandalised with anti-racist graffiti.

The words “Nazi” and “fascist” were spray-painted on the stone pedestal of the bronze bust, along with “BLM”, the acronym of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The act is presumably related to the global response to the death of George Floyd, a victim of police violence in Minneapolis in the US, Népszava observes.

Activists of the Black Lives Matter movement and those who sympathize with their cause have been protesting by demolishing or vandalising public statues that are believed to symbolise oppression.

Protesters in London have damaged statues of Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi because of their racist remarks, Népszava adds.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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