Well-known historian and bestselling author Tom Holland said that many Britons will view the entry of Winston Churchill's statue as "scary" after it has been covered to protect it from further attacks.
The 52-year-old Holland also claimed that the locals in Poole, Dorset, should have defended the statue of the founder of the boy scout movement. Robert Baden-Powell "does not do anti-racism activists a favor."
Churchill's statue was nailed down on Thursday ahead of further expected demonstrations on Saturday after being sprayed with graffiti earlier this week during the protests against Black Lives Matter.
And scouts from all over the country came to defend the statue of Baden-Powell after it was included on a list of the "Fall of the Racists" compiled by Black Lives Matter supporters.
Well-known historian and bestselling author Tom Holland said that many Britons will view the entry of Winston Churchill's statue as "scary" after it has been covered to protect it from further attacks
The 52-year-old Holland also claimed that the locals in Poole, Dorset, should have defended the statue of the founder of the boy scout movement. Robert Baden-Powell "anti-racism activists do no favor"
They claimed that he was enthusiastic about National Socialism and was an admirer of Hitler's Mein Kampf and his Hitler Youth movement.
In an exclusive conversation with MailOnline, Mr. Holland, who had previously sparked controversy in a documentary for Channel 4 about questioning the origins of Islam: “The sight of Churchill is very scary for a large number of Britons.
"Like the sight of boy scouts defending Baden Powell, anti-racism activists don't do it a favor." It will turn people against them. & # 39;
Mr. Holland only spoke to MailOnline
The historian, who had no problem in Bristol last week with the overthrow of the slave trader Edward Colston's statue, added that the protesters risk looking "ridiculous" if they focus on too many British nationals.
"I think the danger to anti-racism activists is that the Colston statue reverberates as a unique way to get people to talk about slavery and inheritance, but as so often with tidal waves of moral outrage they either become scary or ridiculous. & # 39;
Since the fall of the Colston statue on Sunday, a campaign against statues of other personalities has spread across the country, including Lord Nelson, King James II, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Robert Peel.
On Friday, St. Thomas & # 39; s Hospital said they would remove a statue of its founder Sir Thomas Guy after his connections to the slave trade were highlighted.
Outrage was also sparked when a protester sprayed graffiti on Churchill's statue in Parliament Square that added "was a racist" under his name.
The riots led London Mayor Sadiq Khan's decision to climb the Churchill statue and dozens of others.
The warlord Churchill statue was boarded up yesterday before further expected demonstrations on Saturday after being sprayed with graffiti during the protests against Black Lives Matter earlier this week
In an exclusive conversation with MailOnline, Mr. Holland, who previously sparked controversy in a Channel 4 documentary for questioning the origins of Islam, said: "The sight of Churchill is very scary for a large number of Britons."
The cenotaph in Whitehall was also covered after being targeted.
But Mr Holland said anti-racism activists risked turning ordinary British against them by expanding their focus on other statues and historical figures.
"I am generally not enthusiastic about the idea that groups of people should feel empowered to deface or destroy statues," he said.
“Only at the strategy level do people who want to debate the legacy of slavery and racism in Britain have to think tactically and strategically.
"The way this gets out of control will play into the hands of people who don't want to have a discussion about it."
The historian highlighted the decision to remove Fawlty Towers' episode "Don & # 39; t Mention The War" to argue that some people may feel that their identity is "under attack".
The historian highlighted the decision to remove Fawlty Towers' "Don & # 39; t Mention The War" episode to argue that some people may feel that their identity is "under attack"
"The risk is that people will feel that the Scouts and Churchill and Faulty Towers will be canceled. People will feel that something fairly basic about their identity is being attacked," he said.
Mr. Holland, whose most recent book Dominion traces the impact of Christianity on western countries, said that activists should understand why statues were erected in the first place.
& # 39; There is the category of people with problematic views that Drake, Churchill might, Nelson would include.
"I think in this case they will be celebrated when the statue was erected to commemorate a special achievement that deserves to be remembered – be it to circumnavigate the world or to save Britain from the Nazi conquest or to defend Britain to save the French for. & # 39;
“Not every statue is set up to celebrate civic virtue. I would use the example of Cromwell and Charles I.
"The fact is that you have the embodiment of the rival sides of the civil war on opposite sides to remind you."
Mr. Holland highlighted the example of the London statue of the Celtic warrior Boudica, who led an uprising against the Romans when he invaded Britain.
Mr. Holland, whose most recent book Dominion traces the impact of Christianity on western countries, said that activists should understand why statues were erected in the first place
"Boudica certainly didn't celebrate diversity and immigration, but this statue has historical significance that goes beyond that," he said.
But when he talked about the demolition of the Colston statue last week, Mr. Holland said he had "no objection" to what had happened.
“I have no objection to the dilapidated statues that anger or hurt British citizens.
I have no objection to removing a slave trader statue that was erected in the 1890s after slavery was abolished.
"I can see that it was a constant provocation, I understand the arguments against it."
Mr. Holland, who also wrote bestsellers on classic and medieval history, was criticized back in 2012 when he presented a documentary that explored the origins of Islam.
But when he talked about the demolition of the Colston statue last week, Mr. Holland said he had "no objection" to what had happened
He said there was little contemporary written evidence of the life of Prophet Muhammad and claimed that the Quran hardly or not at all referred to the holy city of Mecca in Islam.
The historian was threatened on Twitter, but defended the program and said he had "made every effort" to ensure that "the moral and civilizing power of Islam is recognized".
Mr. Holland's recent comments come after Mr. Khan is accused of indulging in mob rule by covering up Churchill's statue.
Interior Minister Priti Patel asked Mr. Khan to immediately expose the bronze sculpture.
She told the Daily Mail: "We should free Churchill, a hero of our nation who fought fascism and racism in this country and in Europe."
"He gave us the freedom to live our life the way we do today." Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames said covering up his statue in Parliament Square was a national humiliation.
Interior Minister Priti Patel asked Mr. Khan to immediately expose the bronze sculpture
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "absurd and shameful" that the monument should be protected.
The Met Police have given Black Lives Matter a curfew in London and vowed that any violence will not be tolerated given the fear of clashes with protesters who campaign for the statue.
The BLM has already canceled a planned march in Hyde Park tomorrow because it fears that extreme right-wing groups will kidnap it. However, the police said several protests are planned in the capital for Saturday.
The police have set conditions for Black Lives Matter and "Right and Associated Groups" to keep them apart and, after violent scenes last weekend, imposed a 5pm curfew on both groups.
BLM activists can only take a strict route that starts at Hyde Park and leads to Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Cockspur Street and Trafalgar Square before going north in Whitehall Police lock end.
Right-wing groups must gather in Parliament Square and Whitehall. Police commandant Bas Javid warned that "violence" and "criminal conduct against our officers" were "not tolerated".
In Poole, the council has taken 24-hour security measures to protect Lord Baden-Powell's coastal statue and has dramatically abandoned plans to remove it.
In Poole, the council has taken 24-hour security measures to protect Lord Baden-Powell's coastal statue and has dramatically abandoned plans to remove it
A war of words has broken out between Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Police Council, as well as the local police, after the Council claimed that it had decided to remove the statue from Dorset on the advice of the police.
Former scouts, some from more than 100 miles away, had rushed to Dorset and formed a steel ring around the bronze monument at 7:30 a.m. to ward off a disposal team at Poole Quay.
The Queen's former boy scout, Len Bannister, 79, was among the guards and said, "If you want to put that down, you have to put me down first."
He told ITV News: “It's absolutely crazy. Who actually wants that? I will fend them off. I'm actually very angry – and I'm not a protester. I have had a lot of joy because of him in my life because of him.
Mr. Bannister added: "He is the reason I am still here, the pleasure he gives so many people that they shouldn't take it down."