Son of Pink Floyd star sorry for London memorial protest

10th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour issued a public apology Friday for swinging from a flag on Britain's main war memorial during a protest against higher university fees.

Charlie Gilmour said in a statement that he was sorry for the "terrible insult" to the country's war dead after he was pictured clambering up the Cenotaph in central London on Thursday.

A former model who now studies history at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University, Gilmour said he did not realise it was the Cenotaph at the time.

"I would like to express my deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country that my actions represented," he wrote.

"I feel nothing but shame. My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment.

"I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did."

Thousands of student protesters went on the rampage through London on Thursday as the government narrowly won a parliamentary vote on raising university tuition fees as much as threefold.

Some attacked a car carrying Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla. Police said 34 people were arrested and 55 were injured in the demonstrations.

© 2010 AFP

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