Video has emerged on social media of the moment when soldiers from the Household Cavalry took it upon themselves to clean a war memorial after protesters sprayed it with the ‘all cops are b**tards’ (ACAB) acronym.
The video footage was uploaded on ‘Fill Your Boots’ – a military banter page on Facebook – and has been shared nearly 4,200 times with almost 4,000 interactions and over 1,000 comments.
The footage has now also popped up on YouTube.
In the video below, four lads and one lass can be seen scrubbing the offensive graffiti off of the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig.
But for some reason, a couple of civilians took offence. Not to the graffiti, but to the fact that the soldiers were cleaning it.
The female filming the great work of the soldiers can be heard to say: “you could not even wait one day” – inferring that, for some reason, the ‘all cops are bastards’ acronym should have been left up there for at least 24 hours (although she did not specify the significance of the 24 hours).
The person filming added: “they could not even wait one day – because of their precious memorial”.
All the while, the soldiers ignore the taunts and goading and continue to scrub off the graffiti.