Priti Patel calls for “justice to follow” as anti-racist protests continue in retaliation towards racism and police brutality against people of colour, black people in particular. The Home Secretary stated that the vandalism and violence has gone too far and is worthy of lawful punishment.
Societies across the globe erupted after the killing of African American man, George Floyd and has since caused excessive outrage across black and brown communities across the world.
The UK has had its fair share of protests in this time, as citizens demand justice against racism, police brutality and oppressive systems. During one of these protests in Bristol, demonstrators took to removing and tossing the statue of slave trader Edward Colston into the nearest harbour.
This action prompted outrage among many MP’s, but Home Secretary Priti Patel in particular, who then called for justice to be brought unto those who partake in the vandalizing and defacing of monumental or basic structures in the nation.
The anti-racist campaigners were not impressed with her sentiments as she regarded the actions taken on by these individuals as ‘thuggery’ which is a racially potent term. Ms Patel echoed the sentiments that Boris Johnson voiced, as they defended their stance on utilizing peaceful forms of protest to counter the issues that are being highlighted.
Government officials have received a lot of criticism and backlash from those opposing their ideals on tackling racism within the UK in a peaceful manner, as many feel unheard and disregarded by the government when speaking on issues of discrimination.