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Cancel Culture 19 June 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has resulted in calls for the removal of many historically significant statues and monuments around the world.

Many protesters have taken it upon themselves to damage, deface, and remove figures which they claim have historical associations of racism and oppression. Critics say the trend is emblematic of a modern-day iconoclasm. The movement, coined the 'Cancel Culture' has sparked debate about the importance, and modern relevance of certain historical statues and monuments.

Protesters gather around the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square during a Black Lives Matter rally in London, Sunday, June 7, 2020. AAP/AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Protesters throw a statue of slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol harbour, during a Black Lives Matter protest rally, in Bristol, England, Sunday June 7, 2020. AAP/PA/Ben Birchall
A demonstrator clenches her fist on a statue on the Place de la Republique during a rally against racism Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Paris. AAP/AP Photo/Francois Mori
Paint covers the "Forward" statue outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A third night of violence gripped downtown Madison overnight, with protesters spraying graffiti on the state Capitol and nearby buildings, dumping paint on the beloved “Forward” statue and breaking into boarded-up businesses. AAP/AP/Wisconsin State Journal/Amber Arnold
The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus was pulled off overnight amid protests against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 10, 2020. AAP/REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A sign is seen hanging from a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square during a Black Lives Matter protest in London, Britain, June 7, 2020. AAP/REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Protesters pull down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter protest rally on College Green, Bristol, England, Sunday June 7, 2020. AAP/PA/Ben Birchall
A Member of the public steps on the head of the Queen Victoria Statue during a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, Saturday June 6, 2020. AAP/PA/Tim Markland
A woman hits a statue of a lion with a sledgehammer as protestors angry at the police attack the monument to Mexico's first indigenous president, Benito Juárez, during an anti-police protest in Mexico City, Monday, June 8, 2020. AAP/AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
People take turns kicking the Christopher Columbus statue after it was toppled in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. AAP/AP Photo/Star Tribune/Leila Navidi
Graffiti is seen on a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace, in Downtown Miami, Florida, U.S., June 10, 2020. AAP/REUTERS/Marco Bello
The statues on the Confederate monument are covered in graffiti and beheaded after a protest in Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protesters beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument. AAP/AP Photo/The Virginian Pilot/Kristen Zeis
A protester spray paints the face of the statue of Christopher Columbus as the small group of protesters walked through Bayside in Miami and defaced bronze statue of Columbus and Ponce de Leon on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. AAP/AP Photo/Miami Herald/Carl Juste
The statue of Indro Montanelli located in the park of the same name is smeared with red paint by vandals in Milan, Italy on June 14, 2020. AAP/Sipa USA/LaPresse/Claudio Furlan
A statue called 'The Promised Land' in front of the Justice Center is splattered with red paint. Thousands demonstrated for the seventeenth day in a row at Portland, Oregon’s Justice Center and throughout Portland on June 13, 2020. AAP/Sipa USA/John Rudoff
Statue Of Belgium King Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium on June 14, 2020. AAP/ANDBZ/ABACA/Monasse Thierry
A vandalized statue of the Belgian soldier, explorer, and official for the Congo Free State, General Storms is seen on the Square de Meeus on June 14, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. AAP/ANDBZ/ABACA/Monasse Thierry
A National Park Service worker paints over a Nazi swastika on the base of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 15 June 2020. AAP/EPA/Michael Reynolds
People have a look at the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson severed from it's base outside Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore., on June 15, 2020, after it was torn down by protesters the night before. AAP/Sipa USA/Alex Milan Tracy
The bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson is severed from it's base outside Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore., on June 15, 2020. AAP/Sipa USA/Alex Milan Tracy
Local resident Stephen has a hot drink after camping overnight next to the statue of Robert Baden-Powell on Poole Quay in Dorset, Britain, Friday June 12, 2020. AAP/PA/AP Photo/Andrew Matthews
A scout salutes as the statue of Robert Baden-Powell is boarded up by members of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on Poole Quay in Dorset. Friday June 12, 2020. AAP/PA Wire/Andrew Matthews
Graffiti is seen on a Captain Cook statue at Randwick in Sydney, Monday, June 15, 2020. AAP/Joel Carrett
City workers cover the statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia. AAP/AP Photo/Matt Slocum
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square, London, is boarded up following a raft of Black Lives Matter protests took place across the UK over the weekend. Friday June 12, 2020. AAP/PA Wire/Yui Mok
The statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square, London, is boarded up following a raft of Black Lives Matter protests took place across the UK over the weekend. Friday June 12, 2020. AAP/PA Wire/Yui Mok
A statue of Cecil Rhodes, stands mounted on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford, England, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The governing body of Oriel College have decided to remove the statue. AAP/AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Workers prepare to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Saturday, June 13, 2020. A Kentucky commission voted to take down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the state Capitol. AAP/AP/Ryan C. Hermens
A sign advising against the destruction of statues is pictured by the Winston Churchill statue ahead of a possible Black lives matter demonstration in London, Britain, 13 June 2020. AAP/EPA/Vickie Flores
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