7/7 Memorial graffiti scrawled on the ninth anniversary
Nine years after the bombing in London, the 7/7 memorial was scrawled with graffiti saying things like “4Innocent Muslims”, “Blair Lied Thousands Died” or J7 Truth”. Workers are now trying to remove the graffiti from the memorial.
The memorial commemorating the victims of the 7 July bombings in London has been defaced just hours prior to survivors and bereft family members got together to always remember the ninth anniversary of the attacks.
The stainless steel columns of the memorial in Hyde Park were daubed with red and black slogans overnight with things like “4Innocent Muslims”, “Blair Lied Thousands Died” and “J7 Truth”.
David Cameron “unreservedly” condemned the attack on the memorial, Downing Street said. The pm delivered a floral homage to be installed at it to commemorate the anniversary.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Parks mentioned that the slogans had been eliminated following their finding early on Monday morning by the park’s supervisor.
“We found it this morning,” she said. “It has now been cleaned up and removed and the memorial can proceed as organized. Clearly, we’re very unhappy.”
“It’s very startling. Anyone who made it happen was targeting publicity and to cause maximum sadness.”
The monument honouring the 52 who passed away in the attack on London’s transport system in 2005 cost nearly £1m and is made up of 52 stainless steel columns, or stelae, 3.5 metres (11.5ft) high. It was revealed on 7 July 2009 at a memorial attended by the Prince of Wales, the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, and other political leaders.
The columns are arranged together in four clusters, showing the separate places of the bombings – Tavistock Square, Edgware Road, King’s Cross and Aldgate. Four suicide bombers detonated their rucksack devices close to these places on the morning of 7 July 2005, killing the 52 and injuring hundreds of others, some seriously.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said on Monday: “I am disturbed and saddened by this incident. It’s totally unacceptable and the Metropolitan police is already investigating. I am pleased that the graffiti has been eliminated so rapidly and that today’s commemoration ceremony can go ahead as prepared.
“The main focus today should be, and indeed will be, on honouring the 52 innocent people who died on 7/7, the survivors and all those influenced because of the awful events of nine years ago.”