Sir George Grey's statue in New Zealand vandalised, smeared with red paint

Sir George Grey's statue in New Zealand vandalised, smeared with red paint

- Sir George Grey's statue in central Auckland, New Zealand has been smeared on Sunday evening, June 14

- The statue was covered with blood-red paint and there were words written on the structure

- With the blood-red paint splashed on the statue, the monument appears to be bleeding from the face, chest and hands

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Former prime minister Sir George Grey's statue in central Auckland, New Zealand, has been covered with blood-red paint.

The statue, which stands in Auckland's Albert Park, was smeared with red paint and there were words written across the monument, which read 'stop racist'.

Sir George Grey's statue in New Zealand vandalised, smeared with red paint

Sir George Grey's statue. Photo credit: Stuff
Source: UGC

The read paint was smeared across the statue's face, chest and hands.

Sir George Grey's statue in New Zealand vandalised, smeared with red paint

The statue was covered with blood-red paint and there were words written on the structure. Photo credit: Stuff
Source: UGC

This is coming as people around the world are bringing down monuments that seem to glorify colonialists.

Sir George Grey's statue in New Zealand vandalised, smeared with red paint

With the blood-red paint splashed on the statue, the monument appeared to be bleeding from the face, chest and hands. Photo credit: Stuff
Source: UGC

According to Auckland Council Art Collection manager, Peter Tilley, the statue was smeared with red paint on Sunday evening, June 14, Stuff reports.

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Legit.ng notes that Tilley said: "Our contractors will remove all paint by the end of the week."

In other news, 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.

Another Columbus statue in Boston was decapitated.

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.

Columbus' opponents in New York City also want his status removed.

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

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Praise George, an author, said it is an abomination for people to have pictures of Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, TB Joshua, Sam Adeyemi, Chris Oyakhilome and other pastors hanging on their walls.

The author, who took to Twitter to make the statement, called on people to repent, saying it is paganism for people to have such pictures hanging on their walls.

He said people should burn all those images.

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