Protesters Tear Down Captain Cook Statue in Victoria, British Columbia, In Latest Canadian Monument Purge
Comes soon after statues of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II torn down in Winnipeg.
On Friday, Mary blogged about the statues of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II being torn down, the former statue decapitated.
The mobs apparently weren’t satisfied by this outrage because a screaming, incoherent mob also tore down—and decapitated—a statue of Captain Cook in Victoria, British Columbia.
This is Captain Cook in Victoria, British Columbia, torn down and thrown into the sea. See how this is not about Residential Schools. It's anything British. It's Canada itself. pic.twitter.com/QQF5vbxArq
— Save Our Statues – Robert Poll (@_SaveOurStatues) July 2, 2021
A large crowd gathered around the Capt. James Cook statue at Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Thursday night and pulled it down from its base, leaving behind a portion of a leg. The statue was tossed into the harbour.
. . . . Members of the crowd smeared the pedestal with red hand prints.
In the statue’s place, they erected a wooden red dress, a symbol representing murdered and missing Indigenous women.
People had thoughts, of course.
The new warriors. Cheering and high fiving themselves for pulling a statue down as if they landed on the beaches of Normandy or took Iwo Jima. What courage!
— Newman Costanza (@NewmanCostanza) July 2, 2021
In a couple of months this will lead to a "Change the constitution" trending topic. Check what happened in Chile.
— el_juancho_t 🇦🇷 🇨🇱 🇪🇺 🇧🇷 🇺🇸 🇻🇪 🇬🇧 (@eljuanchot1) July 2, 2021
Silly people. You really thought it was about Confederate statues in the American South. Purging never stops once it starts.
— anthony (@anztav72) July 2, 2021
In apparent retaliation for these outrages, a wooden totem pole was set on fire.
Totem pole burned on Vancouver Island in apparent retaliation for sinking of Captain Cook statue https://t.co/N46RsZILZd
— Georgia Straight (@georgiastraight) July 4, 2021
A native totem pole was set on fire on Canada’s Vancouver Island in what is suspected to be retaliation for the destruction of a statue of Captain James Cook.
The Salish Bear Pole was seen smouldering at the summit of the Malahat Highway hours after a mob ripped down a statue of the British explorer in the provincial capital of Victoria, took off its head, and “drowned” it in the Inner Harbour.
The fire brigade were able to bring the fire under control, leaving the totem largely intact but its lower sections charred and blackened.
“The quick thinking of the passing motorist likely saved not only the totem pole, but also a forest fire,” said Sergeant Tim Desaulniers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment Commander for Shawnigan Lake.
“This was a very dangerous act that could have had far reaching consequences. We will be working with partners along the Malahat for video and dashcam footage in an effort to identify suspect(s),” he added.
“Fresh graffiti was also located at the scene, speaking to recent events in Victoria where a statue of James Cook was pulled down and thrown in the Victoria Harbour, based on what was written, we feel the two incidences are related,” the policeman said. The words ‘ONE TOTEM – ONE STATUE’ had been scrawled in front of the burning totem in black spray-paint.
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