Americans remember Columbus' 'sins', take down his statue and set it on fire

Americans remember Columbus' 'sins', take down his statue and set it on fire

- Christopher Columbus has been remembered by Americans as one of those whose monuments should be taken down

- The statue of the explorer in Richmond, Virginia, has been taken down by protesters

- The statue was set ablaze and then submerged into a lake

As the campaign to remove statues commemorating slavers and colonisers continues to sweep across the United States, Christopher Columbus has come back into the limelight.

Police said that on Tuesday, June 9, a Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia, was taken down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake, ABC News reports. gathers that another Columbus statue in Boston was decapitated.

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Christopher Columbus' statue in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Columbus was an Italian explorer and coloniser who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that opened the New World for conquest and permanent European colonisation of the Americas.

Christopher Columbus statue debate rises as controversial statues fall across the country

A decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus in Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Columbus' opponents in New York City also want his status removed.

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The 128-year-old 14-foot marble statue stands above a pedestal in Columbus Circle outside Central Park.

Meanwhile, a statue of colonial Belgian king Leopold II has been removed from the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

The statue was removed following Black Lives Matter protests in some countries in the world occasioned by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Under King Leopold II's reign, millions of people were murdered in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

On Monday, June 8, the statue was defaced with paint by anti-racist demonstrators.

Before now, campaigners in Belgium had been calling for monuments glorifying his memory to be removed.

In other news, previously reported that Ray of Hope Empowerment Foundation (ROHEF) came to the rescue of those in need in Nasarawa state.

The foundation was able to distribute relief packages to 150 Nigerian families in the state with the support of Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

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The 150 families in Mararaba, Karu local government area of Nasarawa state received items that included rice, beans, yam, spaghetti, noodles, vegetable oil, palm oil, among others.

Reacting to the kind gesture from AHF, ROHEF said: "You are a blessing! We truly appreciate your organization for joining us to respond to the needs of families within Nigeria and across the world."

Members of the community were also sensitised on simple steps they need to take to help them keep safe and stop the further spread of COVID-19.

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