The authorities have not been able to arrest anyone involved in the incident. A huge debate has sparked over speculations whether the graffiti was drawn by Muslims or by far-right groups in the country to fuel anti-Muslim hatred.
Following the brutal Woolwich attack on British soldier Lee Rigby, incidents of violence and vandalism against Muslims living in the UK have become frequent.
After the memorials were vandalized, they were covered with black bin bags and sheets to hide the ‘Islam’ graffiti.
Secretary of Bomber Command Association, Douglas Radcliffe told ITV News, “I’m standing here until this graffiti is removed. The 77,000 young men who died, died to give whoever put that graffiti there the freedom to live in this country and honour it, so I can't believe that somebody would do this.”
The vandalized war memorials hold a lot of significance for the British nation. People on the internet are expressing their grief after the incident:
Sad to see graffiti on war memorials in London, sadder that in my opinion it's allegedly done by EDL in an attempt to spark racial tensions— Will (@WI9264) May 28, 2013
Very sad to read that War Memorials are being defaced in London! So Glad My Late Grandad isn't here to see it!!— Mark Bastin (@Markbastin72) May 27, 2013
Very sad that Bomber Command & Animal in War memorials defaced. Ex Bomber Command Douglas Radcliffe,88, stands guard.— Roger Emmott (@rogeremmott) May 27, 2013
All this hatred is awful! War memorials defaced, mosques being attacked! Both as bad as each other!— Helen Elliott(@HelenElliott83) May 28, 2013
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