A group of ten people degraded two commemorative statues of the former French colonies of Africa and Asia, in Marseille, this Tuesday, June 30. The monuments, located at the foot of the stairs leading to Saint-Charles train station, were covered with red paint, reports France Bleu Provence. The facts were committed shortly before 8 p.m.
Two inscriptions hostile to France and its colonial past were tagged on the statues. They were quickly erased but traces of paint were still visible Wednesday morning, indicates the regional antenna on its site.
Commemorative statues of the former degraded French colonies in Marseillehttps: //t.co/1If8JEtafA
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A woman arrested
A woman, suspected of having participated in these degradations, was arrested and placed in police custody. Aged 30, she was reportedly filmed throwing paint on the monuments.
These statues had already been targeted by demonstrators at a rally against racism and police violence in early June, says 20 Minutes. Similar acts committed by anti-racist activists have taken place elsewhere in France, notably in Paris. Tuesday, June 23, the statue of Colbert in front of the National Assembly was thus partially covered with red paint and the inscription “State negrophobia” by a man who was arrested.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said two days later that “Try to erase the past” was “The characteristic of totalitarian thought and the very opposite of History”.