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Bajans want local Nelson statue down

Regional 17 Jun, 2020 Follow News

Horatio Nelson’s statue may be pulled down in Barbados

Barbadian are calling for the removal of Horatio Nelson’s controversial statue from Bridgetown’s Heroes’ Square. It has attracted the support of many religious leaders on the island. On Sunday another one expressed solidarity with recent anti-racism displays in Barbados

In his return to the pulpit for the first time since March, Monsignor Vincent Blackett turned his attention to ongoing movements across the world currently demanding racial justice following the death of African American George Floyd by Minnesota Police.

Blackett drew comparisons between the death of Floyd and the crucifixion of Jesus. “Mother, mother, I cannot breathe. When I heard those words from George Floyd, I immediately thought of the crucifixion of Jesus and as Roman Catholics who have a love for Mary, it taught us something too because we call her Mother,” he said.

The former Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese said that had he known about Saturday’s Black Lives Matter march beforehand, he may have been marching alongside hundreds of citizens from Kensington Oval against racism and police abuse.

“We have been saying these things for the longest time and the oppression continues. So I support them, and I support the call to take down Nelson and put him in the museum,” Blackett declared.

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