US protestors topple, behead and burn statues of Christopher Columbus

US protestors topple, behead and burn statues of Christopher Columbus

- Christopher Columbus statues across America became the target of protestors

- The statue of the explorer in Richmond, Virginia, has been taken down by protesters

- The statue was set ablaze and then thrown into a lake

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As the campaign to remove statues commemorating slavers and colonisers continues to sweep across the United States, Christopher Columbus has come back into the limelight

Police said that on Tuesday, a Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia, was taken down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake, ABC News reports.

Briefly.co.za gathers that another Columbus statue in Boston was decapitated.

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Christopher Columbus statue debate rises as controversial statues fall across the country

Christopher Columbus' statue in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Columbus was an Italian explorer and coloniser who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that opened the New World for conquest and permanent European colonisation of the Americas.

Christopher Columbus statue debate rises as controversial statues fall across the country

A decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus in Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. Photo credit: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

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Columbus' opponents in New York City also wants his status removed.

The 128-year-old 14-foot marble statue stands above a pedestal in Columbus Circle outside Central Park.

In other news, a statue of colonial Belgian king Leopold II has been removed from the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

The statue was removed following Black Lives Matter protests in some countries in the world occasioned by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Under King Leopold II's reign, millions of people were murdered in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

On Monday, June 8, the statue was defaced with paint by anti-racist demonstrators.

Before now, campaigners in Belgium had been calling for monuments glorifying his memory to be removed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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