Downtown Edmonton statue of Winston Churchill vandalized with dump of red paint

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A downtown statue of Sir Winston Churchill has been vandalized after someone dumped red paint all across the replica of former British prime minister.

Edmonton city police received a call around 10:45 a.m. on Thursday about the statue located at Sir Winston Churchill Square being vandalized. Downtown officers are investigating and police say the Edmonton Arts Council will be handling the clean-up.

Churchill, who served as prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, is seen as a national hero for his leadership during the Second World War but held many views that would be deemed racist.

Other statues of Churchill have been vandalized before, most notably the one in Parliament Square in London, which has been defaced several times.

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