Statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria overturned during Canadian protests – .

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Statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria overturned during Canadian protests – .


Statues of Queen Elizabeth II and her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, have been toppled and vandalized in Canada amid protests of anger over the disturbing discovery of hundreds of graves of Indigenous children.

Videos online show large crowds demolishing statues in Winnipeg on Canada Day Thursday, with many chanting, “No pride in genocide.”

“I helped bring the bitch down,” said one caption of an online video the overthrow of the reigning 95-year-old British monarch, Elizabeth II, who is Canada’s current head of state.

Other clips showed large crowds, mostly dressed in orange, screaming for joy as they destroyed a statue of Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1901 when Canada was part of the British Empire.

“They removed queen victoria’s head, ”Tweeted Waabishkaa Ma’iingan Naakshig, a so-called“ militant warrior ”who also posted a photo of him “kissing my native goddess” atop the now empty pedestal.

A disfigured statue of Queen Elizabeth II rests after being knocked down.
A disfigured statue of Queen Elizabeth II rests after being knocked down.
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A disfigured statue of Queen Victoria rests after being toppled at a rally, following the discovery of the remains of hundreds of children in former residential schools, outside the Provincial Legislature on the day of Canada Day in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Crowds chanted “No pride in the genocide,” according to video of the scene.
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Others kicked and danced around the overturned statue, which was smeared with hand marks in red paint. Elsewhere, Catholic churches have also been vandalized and slathered with similar red paint in the shape of a hand.

The protests followed the discovery of nearly 1,000 anonymous graves in former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, which were primarily run by the Catholic Church and funded by the government.

For 165 years and as recently as 1996, schools forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families, subjecting them to malnutrition and physical and sexual abuse in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called in 2015 ” cultural genocide ”.

Young dancers surround a statue of Queen Victoria.
Young dancers surround a statue of Queen Victoria.
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A disfigured statue of Queen Victoria rests after being toppled at a rally, following the discovery of the remains of hundreds of children in former residential schools, outside the Provincial Legislature on the day of Canada Day in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman criticized the overturning of the statues.
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People applaud after the statue of Queen Victoria is toppled in front of the Manitoba Legislature.
People applaud after the statue of Queen Victoria is toppled in front of the Manitoba Legislature.
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The statues were attacked as protesters blamed the country’s colonial past.

In his Canada Day message, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the findings “rightly prompted us to reflect on our country’s historic failures.”

He called it a “moment of reflection” as many cities ditched traditional Canada Day celebrations, while a #CancelCanadaDay event saw thousands marching through the capital, Ottawa.

Statue of Queen Victoria outside the Manitoba Legislative Building Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Recently, hundreds of graves of Aboriginal children have been discovered in Canada.
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Statue of Queen Elizabeth II in the grounds of the Manitoba Government House Winnipeg Legislative Building
Protesters spoke out against Canada’s colonial history.
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A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government condemns any degradation of the Queen’s statues.

“Our hearts are with the Indigenous community of Canada following these tragic discoveries, and we are following these issues closely and continue to engage with the Government of Canada on Indigenous issues,” he said.



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