July 2, 2021
“Winnipeg: Queen Elizabeth down, Canadian flag down, Warrior flag up,” crowed the Communist Party of Canada on its verified Twitter account, alongside the hashtag #CancelCanadaDay and a picture of an activist trampling the vandalised face of Queen Victoria’s toppled statue.
— Communist Party of Canada (@compartycanada) July 1, 2021
“This is the state legislature building and not a policeman in sight,” lamented Robert Poll of the Save Our Statues campaign, sharing one of the videos of the large statue of Victoria sitting on a throne being dragged from its plinth. Mob members subsequently took off her head and threw it in a river.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) — roughly equivalent to Britain’s BBC — reports that one man was “shocked… with a stun gun and arrested” during the disorder at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg — but added that he may not have been a statue-toppler.
“It’s possible the arrested man was angry at those who had pulled the statue down at around 4 p.m. CT,” the broadcaster noted, adding that a police spokesman had indicated that “there may be information forthcoming on Friday.”
Our Queen, Winnipeg. pic.twitter.com/skjfZ4XnKs
— Save Our Statues – Robert Poll (@_SaveOurStatues) July 2, 2021
Queen Victoria statue toppled in Canada.
Crowds chanted 'no pride in genocide' as the statue was brought down and then kicked.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 2, 2021
Captain James Cook statue in Victoria, BC. This was moments before his body was sunk in the Salish Sea by Nuu Chah Nulth Youth and friends. The city of Victoria should remove all monuments that celebrate settler colonialism. NO PRIDE IN GENOCIDE! pic.twitter.com/mffbRPiYJ4
— Siiam Hamilton (@siiamhamilton) July 2, 2021
In addition to the toppling of the monuments to Queen Elizabeth II — who is head of state in Canada as in a number of Commonwealth realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand — and her illustrious ancestor in Winnipeg, a statue of British explorer Captain James Cook was violently torn down in Victoria, British Columbia, with the metal tearing apart at the knee of one leg and the ankle of another.