BREAKING: Sir John A. Macdonald statue toppled by Hamilton 'unity' demonstrators

Hamilton police reported an individual scaling the statue and the statue falling shortly after. No arrests have been made.

Alex Anas Ahmed Calgary AB

Another statue of Sir. John A. Macdonald was toppled in Canada, this time at a Hamilton park during a Saturday afternoon rally.

After Hamilton city council voted against removing the statue of Canada's controversial first prime minister from Gore Park. Hundreds of demonstrators from the Indigenous-organized Unity Rally shortly afterwards went to Gore Park where they removed the statue, reported CP24.

Organizers wrote to city hall, calling the decision "deeply disturbing to our Indigenous community."

Hamilton police reported an individual scaling the statue and the statue falling shortly after.

Videos posted to Twitter depicted the moment the statue fell. Other photos depicted red spray paint all over the statue.

"The purpose of a statue is to assert, promote and celebrate cultural values. By keeping this statue in a public space, it acts as a reminder of the values that lead to the forcible removal of Indigenous children and the destruction of families," the letter read.

"It invokes great pain and forces community members to relive the trauma for which Sir John A. MacDonald is partially responsible."

Hamilton police said no arrests were made. They committed to investigating the incident.


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