The eight young troopers and a female friend were scrubbing red marks off the Grade II listed Earl Haig Memorial in Whitehall, Central London after a protest when they were filmed and heckled.
They had taken time out from their little free time to scrub the statues of ‘BLM’ and other graffiti with just water and a scrubbing brush.
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But as they wipe off the graffiti, one woman berates them for “not even waiting a day” to try and protect “their precious memorial” as she films them on her phone.
And another irate passersby also accuses them of picking up protest signs earlier in the day and putting them in bin bags.
She says: “Excuse me when I saw you earlier you all picked up signs and put them in bin bags. Why did you pick them up? I don’t understand.”
The video is from June during the height of the protests which raged through London.
The bronze statue, of World War One officer General Earl Haig, has stood in the same spot in Whitehall since 1937, when it was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.
General Haig had led troops on dangerous and heroic missions including the Battle of the Somme and the battle of Arras.
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