The prominent statue of Queen Victoria was demolished by Canadian protesters as anger at the death of indigenous children at a residential school increased.
Protesters cheered when the statue of Parliament in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, was knocked down on Thursday.
A small statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also turned over nearby.
Police used stun guns to arrest men on the scene, according to local media, but the protests were largely peaceful.
The collapse of the statue took place on Canada Day, the annual celebration of July 1st, commemorating the establishment of the country by the British colonies in 1867.
Recent discoveries of unmarked indigenous Canadian tombs at housing schools Called to cancel the national celebration..
The British government has accused the collapse of two statues.
“We clearly condemn the tampering of the Queen’s statue,” said a spokesman.
“Our idea lies in the Canadian indigenous community following these tragic discoveries, and we keep track of these issues and continue to engage with the Government of Canada on indigenous issues,” said a spokesman. Added.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, more than 150,000 Aboriginal Canadian children were taken from their families and sent to school for the purpose of forcing them to assimilate into society.
An estimated 6,000 children died while attending these schools. Students were often housed in poorly constructed, poorly heated and unsanitary facilities.
Municipalities across Canada have canceled the celebration and the figures associated with the housing school have been destroyed or deleted.
In Winnipeg, thousands have gone out to the streets to honor the victims of housing schools and mobilize support for indigenous communities.
A group of protesters marched to the Manitoba State Parliament as part of a demonstration of the death of indigenous Canadian children at a housing school.
Queen Victoria, a monarch in Britain, Canada and elsewhere from 1837 to her death in 1901, was on the throne when the Commonwealth of Canada was founded. The British Crown negotiated a treaty with the indigenous peoples of Canada, and the government enacted housing school policies during her reign.
In a protest in Winnipeg, a statue of Queen Victoria was painted in red paint, leaving a sign saying “We were children” nearby.
Residential School Survivor, Belinda Vandenbrook, Told Canadian broadcaster CBC She had no regrets about the fall of the statue she was not involved in.
“She [Queen Victoria] It doesn’t mean anything to me, except that her policies and colonialism are pointing us right at this moment when you and I are talking, “Vandenbrook said. ..
Symbols of empire, colonialism and slavery have been targeted by protesters in protests against racial injustice around the world for the past year. These demonstrations exploded around the world after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in May 2020.
Last year, several prominent statues of Confederate leaders and slave owners were demolished and destroyed in the United States, causing intense debate about the monument.
A similar scene was seen in the UK. Black Lives Matter demonstrators destroyed the statue of slave merchant Edward Colston I threw it into the harbor during a protest in the city of Bristol.