Some of the monuments falling in Colombia and the world during 2020´s protests
The world have witnessed the falling of statues which represents the story of the oppressors. So is this the awaken of the oppressed ?
The list of monuments and statues removed during this unique time, started with the killing of George Floyd on May 2020. Most of the statues which were destroyed in United States belonged to the «white» elite class.
For instance, Christopher Colombus figure suffered protesters’ rage due the fact he was involved in the genocide of native communities in his arrival to the continent.
Likewise other local statues of Americans slaveowners connected with racism were destroyed; The heads of Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses Grant rolled over the concrete on the streets of different cities in U.S.A.
In the same way, other countries saw the statues related to Slave Trade and Colonialism been knocked down. This was the case of United Kingdom and Belgium where sculpture of King Leopold II was targeted because he was in charge during the atrocities on the Congo Free State.
Colombia: Misak community Knocked down conqueror’s statue
As an act of dignity, Indigenous protesters knocked over the statue of Sebastian de Balalcazar who was the founder of Colombian Cities Popayan and Cali in 1537. For Misak native community, the statue of the spanish conqueror was a symbol of five centuries of genocide and slavery.
As a result of the difficult social situation that has affected the population in Colombia, the community decide to raise their voice and protest against injustice and many other factors.
The choosen spot to led the protest was Morro del Tulcan, a hill in Popayan city where Belalcazar’s statue stood since 1930. The part of the story that has not been told is that the hill has an important significance for indigenous communities and Colombian history.
The hill where spanish conquistadors put the statue, is consider a sacred territory for Misak Community; Many of their ancestors lay buried on the site.
This act of pure rebellion and dignity, made us turn our eyes to this part of the history, to reveal the story that has not been told. the story of a native group who lived mostly on the south-western part of our country and whom keep their own language (Nam Trik or Guambiano) and their own set of believes and traditions.
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Where you gonna run to,
You gonna run to the sea
But the sea will be boiling
You can run but you can’t hide
Telling you all along that day…»
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