PROTESTERS BESEIGE WAXWORKS
The Guardian, July 1978
Police arrested four protesters at the Madame Tussauds waxworks museum, following a disturbance in the Chamber of Horrors. All were supporters of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL).
The ANL recently disrupted Buster Mottram’s matches at Wimbledon after the player expressed his support for the National Front. Protesters stood up between points to shout ‘Buster Mottram is a Nazi!’ through megaphones, and were said to have contributed to the British number one’s early exit from the tournament.
On this occasion the tactics were the same, but the target was Adolf Hitler himself – or rather, his waxwork likeness. A single protester with a megaphone stood by the effigy, shouting ‘Adolf Hitler is a Nazi!’ until he was eventually removed by security guards. Outside, an angry crowd chanted: ‘Adolf, Adolf, Adolf – Out! Out! Out!’
The demonstrators were eventually dispersed by the police, but vowed that the protest would continue. ‘Adolf Hitler once said that the only thing that could have stopped his rise to power was the physical destruction of his National Socialist movement in its infancy,’ said ANL spokesman Neil Phillips. ‘We have a duty to future generations to make sure that he doesn’t raise his ugly head again.’