Priti Patel attacks BLM protests as ‘dreadful’ and criticises ‘taking the knee’
Priti Patel has criticised sports stars who ‘take the knee’ and attacked last year’s Black Lives Matter protests as “dreadful”.
Asked if she would ever adopt the gesture, she said: “No I would not. There are other ways in which people can express their opinions.”
In an explosive interview, Ms Patel also refused to express confidence in Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, saying she “does a lot of great work” – but that there were “questions’ about her.
At one point, she appeared to say she did not support protests at all, before clarifying she opposed the BLM demonstrations that swept the country last summer, saying: “Those protests were dreadful.”
Criticising the pulling down of statues, Ms Patel added: “Protesting in the way in which people did last summer was not the right way at all.
“We saw statues being brought down,” she said, adding: “Some councils making quite, quite frankly a stance around statues and street names. There are other ways in which those discussions can took place.”
And, asked if she “didn’t agree with taking the knee per se, at all”, she told LBC Radio: “No.”
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