Protesters have debunked a statue of Christopher Columbus on Saturday, at Baltimore, on the east coast of the United States, the latest attack against monuments or statues of historical figures related to slavery or colonization.
According to images broadcast by the Baltimore Sun, the protesters have debunked the statue of the genoese navigator to the aid of ropes, near the neighborhood of ” Little Italy “.
Long celebrated as “the one who discovered America,” Christopher Columbus is now seen by some as the symbol of the arrival of the Europeans and the conquest of lands not belonging to them.
In the wake of protests against the racial inequalities triggered by the death of George Floyd, an African-American killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis on may 25, many statues of characters related to the history of colonial or discrimination have been déboulonnées or attacked, the United States and elsewhere in the world.
In his speech Saturday on the occasion of the national holiday of July 4, marking the independence Day when in 1776 the thirteen british colonies proclaimed their separation from the british crown, the president, Donald Trump has mentioned the genoese navigator.
“We will fight together for the american dream, and we will defend, protect, and preserve the american way of life that began in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America “, he said, attacking the protesters who denounce racial discrimination.
“We are in the process of defeating the radical left, the marxists, the anarchists, the agitators and the looters,” added Donald Trump during a ceremony in the gardens of the White House ” We will never permit to an angry mob to demolish our statues to erase our history and indoctrinating our children “, he said.
Mr. Trump had already called Friday to the police to arrest and prosecute any person who causes damage to a monument.
Several statues of Christopher Columbus were removed or vandalized, including in Boston, Miami, Richmond, Virginia, or Camden, New Jersey. For its part, the municipality of San Francisco has removed a statue of the browser of its local parliament.