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US News a statue of rebutador reversed in Puerto Rico before the visit of the King of Spain

22:40  24 january  2022
22:40  24 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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La statue de Juan Ponce de Leon, dans la vieille ville de San Juan, à Porto Rico, le 11 juillet 2020 © Ricardo Arduengo The statue of Juan Ponce de Leon, in the old town of San Juan, in Puerto Rico, July 11, 2020

a statue From the Spanish Explorer and the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon, was thrown on the ground early Monday in the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, a few hours before the arrival on the island of King Felipe VI of Spain.

"Individuals approached" the statue, located on a central San Juan square, and "damaged it", according to a police report cited by the local press.

The pedestal of the monument has been partly destroyed and the statue has been rejected in several pieces under the impact of its fall, according to photos posted on social networks.

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The mayor of the capital, Miguel Romero, denounced an "act of vandalism" to the local daily El Nuevo Dia, while minimizing the importance of the incident.

"I hope the sculpture will be back before the end of the day or at the beginning of the evening," he added.

King Felipe VI must arrive in the evening in Porto Rico to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Foundation in 1521 of San Juan, whose ceremonies were delayed by one year because of the Pandemic of Covid-19.

former Spanish colony, the island has become American territory at the end of the 19th century before acquiring a special status of "associated free state" in the 1950s.

The degradation of the statue of Juan Ponce de Leon intervenes in A context of vast denunciation movement in America for presence in the public space of sculptures representing personalities linked to slavery, colonization or oppression of minorities.

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for a long time presented as "the discoverer of America", Christopher Columbus is thus a more and more contest character in the United States, now associated with some of the abuses committed by the Europeans to the Native Americans.

The Conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon is one of those explorers launched by the Spanish crown to conquer the new world in the 15th and 16th centuries, and whose territorial gains had decimated indigenous peoples.

known to have explored the peninsula which is today Florida, Ponce de Leon had received in 1508 the authorization to explore and colonize the island, then designated by its native peoples under the name of Boriken.

The PuertoRican authorities have indicated Monday to examine video surveillance images to try to identify those responsible.

The Boriken Fuerzas Libertaria Group (Boriken libertaries), however, claimed the action, according to several local media.

"Faced with the supposed visit of the King of Spain, Felipe VI, in Puerto Rico, and at the climbing American invaders who seize our lands, we want to send a clear message: no kings, not American invaders ", wrote the group in a press release taken over by the press.

The statue was melted in New York in 1882 from the bronze of English cannons seized during a defeat of the English against the Spaniards in Puerto Rico, in 1797.

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