RISHI Sunak has revealed being racially abused in front of his younger brother and sister as he slammed the “disgusting” violent scenes at yesterday’s protests.
The Chancellor today explained the sick abuse he experienced when he was younger, but insisted Britain was not a racist country.
Mr Sunak hailed Britain’s “enormous progress”, and explained his own experiences.
Appearing on Sophy Ridge on Sky, he said: “The things that have stung me the most have been when I have been with my younger siblings when I was younger, and things that were said to me.
“It’s one thing when they are happening to you on your own, it’s difficult enough, but when I had my younger brother and sister with me at the time I didn’t want them to deal with it, and I wanted to protect them from it.
“They may just be words but they sting in a way that other things don’t.
“There is something about that that cuts to your core.”
The Chancellor also claimed the country was “united” against the shocking scenes from yesterdays protests that saw thugs charging at riot cops and more than 100 arrests in London.
He said: “I think the scenes we saw yesterday were both shocking and disgusting.
“This has always been an open and tolerant country, and what we saw yesterday was not that.
“I fully support the police in taking the action they did, it is sad they had to.”
Crowds of pro-statue campaigners earlier surrounded the monument of Winston Churchill, before peeling off to the Cenotaph – where they rushed up to the police blockade and pelted them with bottles and cans while chanting.
Ugly scenes throughout the afternoon showed the group, made up of war veterans, football fans and far-right organisations including Britain First, massing in clear breach of social-distancing guidelines.
Some were filmed attacking police officers in Westminster, with a group of yobs caught on camera aggressively targeting a group of peaceful Hyde Park picnickers and spitting at them.
Police tried to keep this group and BLM protesters apart, after anti-racism activists first met for a peaceful gathering in Hyde Park.
But as the day went on and the groups eventually met at Trafalgar Square and Waterloo Station, there were a number of violent clashes between extreme elements.
As the protests continued past the 5pm curfew, cops were seen standing guard outside the station in full riot gear – as flares and smoke bombs were thrown between groups and scraps broke out.
Multiple peaceful BLM protests were seen throughout London and the UK yesterday, with large groups gathering to stand and march in protest against racism.
After thugs were filmed squaring up to police, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Any violence against our police is completely unacceptable. No ifs, no buts.
“Today’s protests in London were led by those intent on causing violence and sowing hate for their own ends. We must not let them win.”
Amid the violence, a white man thought to be with the group claiming its mission was to protect London statues was slammed for urinating on PC Keith Palmer’s memorial.