It was also reportedly briefly lit on fire. “We’re not here to hijack your movement. The city of Antwerp officially removed the statue on Tuesday. Earlier during the day, Activist Chelsea Higgs-Wise and other protesters spoke to a crowd gathered at Byrd Park about the struggles of indigenous people and African-Americans in America. As many as 10 million Congolese people died under Leopold. A statue of Christopher Columbus is in the water at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after it was torn down by protesters. Floyd’s death reinvigorated an international push to remove historical monuments or statues honoring figures linked to oppression and racism. The police later recovered the head. Native American advocates have also long pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas. In Richmond, Virginia, the statue in … The figure was reportedly the first statue of Columbus erected in the South, according to the newspaper. Confederate monuments honoring figures like Robert E. Lee have been targeted by protesters in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. The figure was … It was dedicated in December 1927. “We cannot fight white supremacy without recognizing and uplifting one of its earliest victims on this continent,” Rogers told the crowd. And Richmond was not the only place where a statue of Columbus has been targeted. “We have to start with the people who stood first on this land.”. The contents of this site are ©2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc. Mark Hannah: Younger Americans are less likely to have a positive view of America, How to wash your hands to prevent coronavirus — because you're probably doing it wrong, The Hill's Julia Manchester says mail-in voting in Florida will be key to presidential election, You could soon be scrolling Facebook while gazing into the eyes of your dinner companion. The statue’s toppling came after demonstrators in the city were seen marching down Arthur Ashe Boulevard, one of hundreds of demonstrations across the U.S. protesting racial injustice and police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month. “This continent is built on the blood and the bones of our ancestors, but it is built off the backs and the sweat and the tears and the blood and the bones of Africans,” Bolin said. Police were investigating and there was no word on any arrests. A decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus in the North End of Boston on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. Demonstrators in Belgian set fire to a statute of King Leopold II, whose reign ran from 1865 and 1909 and who is known for his oppressive rule over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was his personal property before becoming a Belgian colony. The head was recovered by the Boston Police Department. The city’s parks department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the fallen statue from The Associated Press. We’re here to stand in solidarity.”. The Columbus statue was dedicated in Richmond in December 1927, and had been the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South, the newspaper reported. “We have to start where it all began,” Higgs-Wise said during her speech. pic.twitter.com/yFjiUdPTMk. Another statue of Columbus was beheaded in Boston overnight in the park named after him, according to CBS Boston. Vanessa Bolin, a member of the Richmond Indigenous Society, spoke to the crowd earlier in the night, according to the Times-Dispatch. After the figure was removed from its pedestal around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday by protesters using several ropes, a sign that reads, “Columbus represents genocide” was placed on the spray-painted foundation that once held the statue. Memorials to Columbus have long been targeted, as critics say his trip to the continental U.S. jump-started the transatlantic slave trade and led to European colonization of native peoples. This is a developing story. That head was also removed in 2006, and in 2015 the statue was splattered in red paint and spray-painted with the words "Black Lives Matter.". In Richmond, Virginia, the statue in downtown's Byrd Park was torn down following a peaceful demonstration in support of indigenous people Tuesday night, NBC affiliate WWBT reported. Statues of Christopher Columbus were targeted by protesters in Massachusetts and Virginia on Tuesday night in an act of solidarity with indigenous peoples. The figure was toppled less than two hours after protesters gathered in the city’s Byrd Park were chanting for the statue to … A statue of Christopher Columbus is in the water at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after it was torn down by protesters. In Boston, a statue of Columbus in Boston was beheaded. The figure was reportedly the first statue of Columbus erected in the South, according to the newspaper. The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax. Two Christopher Columbus statues in different cities were vandalized overnight as calls mount for the contentious monuments to be taken down. Several states have chosen to rename the federal holiday honoring Columbus into a celebration called Indigenous Peoples Day. The head of the statue located in a waterfront park near the city’s traditionally Italian North End was found on the ground early Wednesday morning, according to broadcast reports. Another speaker, Joseph Rogers, referenced genocide committed by white colonizers like Columbus against Native Americans. The statue in Virginia was then spray-painted, set on fire and tossed into a lake. It … The statue was then spray-painted, set on fire and tossed into a lake. The figure was toppled less than two hours after protesters gathered in the city’s Byrd Park were chanting for the statue to be taken down, news outlets reported. Protesters in Richmond noted that African Americans and indigenous peoples both face white supremacy and institutionalized racism in the United States since Columbus first arrived on the continent. Columbus has been celebrated for centuries in the U.S. despite his history of colonization, enslavement and violence toward Native Americans. (@marleynichelle via AP), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Two Christopher Columbus statues in different cities were vandalized overnight as calls mount for the contentious monuments to be taken down. A statue of Christopher Columbus at Byrd Park, which is located in Richmond, Virginia and was dedicated back in 1927, was torn down and thrown into Landing at Fountain Lake. Protesters gather in front of a statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond, Va. Watch: Christopher Columbus statue pulled from lake after protesters tear it down, As Confederate monuments around the country have come down in recent weeks, the head of a Christopher Columbus statue in the city's North End was lopped off. Another speaker, Joseph Rogers, declared the area “Powhatan land,” and talked about how white supremacy and institutionalized racism has affected both groups. Neither the Richmond Police Department nor the Boston Police Department immediately responded to requests for comment. You will not be missed.”, BREAKING: A statue of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park has been removed by protesters and dragged into the lake. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake. It was then set on fire and rolled into a lake in the park, NBC 12 reported. There was no police presence in the park, but a police helicopter was seen circling the area after the city-owned figure was torn down, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. As Confederate monuments around the country have come down in recent weeks, many memorials to Columbus remain even though many consider him to have been racist. In Boston, the head of a Christopher Columbus statue in the city's North End was lopped off at some point before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, when police received a call, NBC Boston reported. The 8-foot-tall memorial to the explorer in Richmond, Va., was pulled down with ropes and dragged roughly 200 yards to nearby Landing at Foundation Lake, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. WWBT reported that one of their photographers was also attacked as protesters demand he leave the scene. A statue of Christopher Columbus is in the water at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after it was torn down by protesters. The base of the statue was covered in graffiti, and protesters held signs reading “This land is Powhatan land” and “Columbus represents genocide.”, A makeshift headstone poster was also placed in front of the sunken statute in the water that read, “Racism. RICHMOND, Va. – A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake. Vanessa Bolin, a member of the Richmond Indigenous Society, told the crowd in Virginia she did not come “to hijack” the protests against police brutality, but to “stand in solidarity” with the people.
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