The Mayor’s Office of the Canadian city of Kingston in Ontario took the monument to the country’s first Prime Minister John McDonald under 24-hour guard.
Video cameras monitor the monument 24 hours a day. The decision was made by the city authorities after the desecration of the McDonald statue in Montreal. Protesters suppose that the politician was “creator of Canadian aboriginal genocide”.
Kingston mayor’s office noted that the decision to monitor the monument was supported by the city public.
Last summer, the Kingston administration did not demolish McDonald’s monument despite calls from anti-racists who repeatedly laid eggs and tomatoes on the statue.
Mass protests and riots broke out in many U.S. cities after the death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, of African-American George Floyd. A man died after being brutally detained by police.
After a while, riots erupted in Canada and several European countries. In Britain, vandals painted the monument to Winston Churchill, accusing him of racism. In the American state of Louisiana, protesters threw into the river the bust of the slave owner John McDonough, and the statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia suffered the same fate.
In June, the monument to former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was desecrated in the Canadian city of Vaughn.