'The strain of facing the protest could leave the Queen Mum feeling ill
for days.' So worried the Sun after demonstrators disrupted the unveiling
of a statue of Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, the butcher of Dresden, in the
Strand on Sunday 31 May. Harris, chief of Bomber Command, gave German civilians
rather more than a few days of feeling ill. His carpet-bombing firestorm
tactics killed more than 100 000 in Dresden alone.
Eight supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party were among the 10
people arrested during the protest. They have been charged with causing
criminal damage and with public order offences. A defence group has been
set up for those arrested, and one of its priorities is to raise money to
cover legal costs.