Numerous protesters in Oxford rallied outside of the university’s Oriel College on Tuesday (local time) to demand the removing of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, reported CNN.
The long-running campaign to get rid of the statue has been reinvigorated right after the recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world following the death of George Floyd, the report said.
This comes each day after anti-racism protesters throughout the uk pulled along the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol on Monday.
The death of George Floyd on May 25 in the US has sparked an international movement against police social, brutality and racism injustice, like a video showing a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck following the latter was arrested, was widely circulated online on the very next day.
CNN reported that members of the Oxford crowd on Tuesday took a knee, put their fists inside the air and kept silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds the time period Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck.
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, according to CNN report.
, two weeks after his death in Police Custody, friends and Family honoured George Floyd in a private funeral in the usa town of Houston.nearly and Meanwhile Floyd’s casket was rolled into the church by six men wearing black masks and suits.