Protesters in Montreal took down a monument to the first Prime Minister of Canada

Protesters in Montreal took down a monument to the first Prime Minister of Canada
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A group of activists demolished a monument to the first Prime Minister of Canada, John Alexander Macdonald, in Montreal during a protest in support of the defunding the police.

According to the local CBC TV channel, several people climbed to the monument, tied some ropes to the monument and pulled it down. As a result of the fall, the statue of Macdonald lost its head. However, the publication notes that the protest itself was peaceful, and other demonstrators were surprised by taking down of the monument.

According to a leaflet that circulated among the demonstrators, the incident is explained by the fact that more than 46 thousand people signed an online petition calling on the mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante, to dismantle the monument. However, the authorities did not take any action.

John A. Macdonald was a white supremacist... led the genocide of indigenous peoples, creating a brutal system of boarding schools, as well as promoting other measures that affected indigenous peoples and their traditions, the leaflet read.

Later, the mayor of the city and the PM of the province condemned the demolition of the monument.

The spontaneous removal of monuments to southerners began in the United States amid protests after the death of an African-American George Floyd at the hands of police. This also affected the statues of the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus, who was accused by left-wing activists in genocide of the native American population. Later, the wave of pulling down of monuments spread to other countries.

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