British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 2 responded to the news that the statues of England’s Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria of Britain have been vandalized by anti-colonial activists, decrying the destruction.
“We obviously condemn any defacing of statues of the Queen,” said Boris Johnson’s spokesman, per the Daily Mail.
The bronze sculptures of Britain’s current monarch and her great-great-grandmother in Winnipeg were terribly disfigured on Canada Day, July 1, by left-wing protestors, who smeared red paint all over and fastening Mohawk flags around their necks.
“Our thoughts are with Canada’s indigenous community following these tragic discoveries and we follow these issues closely and continue to engage with the government of Canada with indigenous matters,” added the spokesman.
This latest BLM-style vandalism in Canada was stirred up by the discovery of hundreds of dead bodies of indigenous children in church-run school properties in Canada in recent weeks. The number of unmarked graves has increased to more than 1,000, updated by DW.
The findings were a reminder of the dark side of Canada’s history. During the late 20th century that the indigenous children of Canada’s First Nations were coerced into 139 residential reform schools. There, they were subjected to physical and emotional abuse from teachers and principals who would intimidate and prevent them from speaking their language and practicing their culture.
The assimilation process was described as “cultural genocide.” The fuelled anger has driven anti-colonial protesters to turn their wrath against the statues of Britain’s Queens.
Although Canada gained independence in 1867, Queen Elizabeth II remains the country’s constitutional monarch and is nevertheless considered a symbol of colonialism by some Canadians.
Rother Valley Member of Parliament Alexander Stafford condemned defacing the statues as “incredibly disrespectful.”
“Frankly I think it is people trying to link and use the awfulness of the tragedy that has been uncovered for their own political, republican views. I don’t think the two should be linked,” he told MailOnline.
“It’s up to Canada their debate about the Commonwealth and our current monarch … but they shouldn’t try to rewrite history and force their own political views about a constitutional matter on what was clearly a horrific issue that happened in the past,” Stafford stated, adding that he would have the statues erected in his Rother Valley constituency in South Yorkshire.
“We haven’t got a statue of any of the monarchs, I’ll definitely take them, so rather than destroy them send them my way.”