Hundreds of protesters in Oxford rallied outside the university’s Oriel College on Tuesday (local time) to demand removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes, reported CNN.
The long-running campaign to take out the statue has become reinvigorated right after the recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world following the death of George Floyd, the report said.
This comes a day after anti-racism protesters in britain pulled across the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol on Monday.
The death of George Floyd on May 25 in america has sparked a worldwide movement against police racism, brutality and social injustice, as a video showing a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck following the latter had been arrested, was widely circulated online on the very next day.
CNN reported that members of the Oxford crowd on Tuesday took a knee, place their fists within the air and kept silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds the amount of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck.
According to CNN report, Cecil Rhodes was one of the leading figures in British imperialism at the end of the 19th Century, pushing the empire to seize control over vast areas of southern Africa, first as a businessman and later as prime minister of Cape Colony in what is now South Africa.
, 14 days after his death in Police Custody, Family and friends honoured George Floyd at the private funeral in the united states city of Houston.nearly and Meanwhile Floyd’s casket was rolled into the church by six men wearing black suits and masks.