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“A look at the history of the statues being attacked by protesters worldwide,” a 7-minute video by Washington Post.

“Toppling monuments is a global movement. And it works.” (Op-Ed by Ana Lucia Araújo)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/06/23/toppling-monuments-is-global-movement-it-works/

 

US

Protesters topple down Confederate Monument In D.C.

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/20/881199628/protesters-fell-confederate-monument-in-d-c-provoking-trumps-fury

 

Fredericksburg, Va., removes a slave auction block from downtown

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/06/slave-auction-block-fredericksburg/ 

 

Protesters Behead Christopher Columbus’s statue in Boston

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/06/10/christopher-columbus-statue-beheaded-boston-massachusetts/?fbclid=IwAR33ugI7rv06q8aYSRErBK7s2c-rqvqdODSExvD_xiRX-PhnmQpEplmTZtE 

 

Protesters in Richmond, Va. take Columbus’s statue down and dump it in lake; city retrieves it 

https://www.richmond.com/news/local/watch-now-protesters-stand-in-solidarity-with-indigenous-peoples-at-byrd-park-where-columbus-statue/article_8a009c9c-1c5d-5e2a-a3bf-0b015a8a2277.html 

 

Protesters tear down Christopher Columbus statue in Saint Paul, Minnesota 

https://abcnews.go.com/US/christopher-columbus-statue-debate-rises-controversial-statues-fall/story?id=71172075 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9dZZ3Y5_Is 

https://twitter.com/maxnesterak/status/1270852148021071872?utm_campaign=wp_todays_worldview&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_todayworld 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-minneapolis-police-saint-paul-statue/protesters-tear-down-christopher-columbus-statue-in-saint-paul-minnesota-idUSKBN23I04X 

 

Virginia governor announces removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee (after protesters deface it); judge blocks removal 

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/04/869519175/massive-robert-e-lee-statue-in-richmond-va-will-be-removed 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/politics/judge-blocks-removal-robert-e-lee-statue-richmond/index.html 

 

Philadelphia removes Frank L. Rizzo’s statue after being vandalized/defaced throughout the years 

https://www.phillyvoice.com/charged-with-spray-painting-rizzo-statue-he-speaks-publicly-about-case-for-first-time/ 

https://southphillyreview.com/2020/06/09/city-removes-rizzo-statue-mural/ 

 

Protesters topple Jefferson Davis statue in Virginia capital 

https://apnews.com/8404006d3106a82f15adea12e5c27147 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/vas-attorney-general-asks-judge-to-lift-injunction-against-removing-statue-of-robert-e-lee/2020/06/10/de206252-ab41-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_todays_worldview&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_todayworld 


Man shot during protest over Spanish conqueror’s statue

https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/man-shot-during-protest-over-spanish-conqueror-s-statue-mTuO00jjhECEStT9S5xyHw

 

Thomas Jefferson statue toppled in Portland, Oregon

https://twitter.com/search?q=thomas%20jefferson%20portland&src=typed_query

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/thomas-jefferson-statue-toppled-in-portland-oregon/

 

 

Europe

Protesters take down Edward Colston’s statue and dump it in the river (Bristol, UK) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04NXGb1pA6g 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-throw-slavers-statue-bristol-harbor-make-waves-across-britain-180975060/ 

https://progressive.org/dispatches/statues-statues-they-all-fall-down-chambers-200612/

 

Protesters deface and set fire on Leopold II statues in Belgium; city removes it 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/world/europe/king-leopold-statue-antwerp.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR2YsSOwEeXIc-wlQuV8UMytEnT6UBcMN8z0DQaWoEcXxdKXCreyrtzb1Ck 

  

Barcelona retira la estatua de un comerciante de esclavos en Cuba 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU9V4qKNOoE&feature=youtu.be 

 

Robert Milligan: Slave trader statue removed from outside London museum 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-52977088
  

 

Caribbean

Schoelcher Statues destroyed on Emancipation Day in Martinique: Schoelcherism on Trial 

http://crossrhodestt.com/2020/06/03/schoelcher-statues-destroyed-on-emancipation-day-in-martinique-why/
 

Brazil

Statue of Borba Gato, Portuguese Settler Known as the “Indian Hunter,” Is Protected 24/7

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/monicabergamo/2020/06/estatua-de-borba-gato-e-agora-vigiada-24-horas-por-dia.shtml

 

For a more comprehensive list, check this Wikipedia article.

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