Countless 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 become reinvigorated once the recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world after the death of George Floyd, the report said.
This comes every day after anti-racism protesters in the UK pulled on 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, social and brutality injustice, as being a video showing a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck right after the latter have been arrested, was widely circulated online on the next day.
CNN reported that individuals the Oxford crowd on Tuesday took a knee, put their fists in 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.
, 2 weeks after his death in Police Custody, Family and friends honoured George Floyd in a private funeral in the usa town of Houston.nearly and Meanwhile Floyd’s casket was rolled in the church by six men wearing black masks and suits.