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US Martinique: two statues of the abolitionist Schoelcher smashed by demonstrators

21:55  23 may  2020
21:55  23 may  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Presenting themselves as anti-beke and anti-colonial heritage, these same activists had already blocked hypermarkets at the start of the year to protest against large local families.

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The outbursts occurred while the island was commemorating its abolition of slavery. In Martinique, several demonstrators brought down, Friday, two statues of Victor Schoelcher, the man who decreed the abolition of slavery on April 27, 1848.

Relayed on social networks, the video of the degradation of these monuments , one in Fort-de-France and the other in the city named Schoelcher, caused a wave of indignation. A young woman suspected of having participated in the action was taken into police custody and summoned to court on July 9.

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Statue of "Victor Schoelcher" destroyed today in Martinique. # 22Mé pic.twitter.com/99ZQAr12di

- The tweet page of the West Indies (@ antilles97x) May 23, 2020

"Schoelcher is not our savior "The demonstrators claim in a press release. Presenting themselves as anti-beke and anti-colonial heritage, they had already blocked hypermarkets at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 every weekend for several weeks.

Other status destroyed today in GUADELOUPE by Victor Schoelcher ..... pic.twitter.com/xWiE2WAwSQ

- JO (@JOHUDSO) May 23, 2020

They then accused their owners, often large local families, of being behind the pollution with chlordecone, a pesticide suspected of causing prostate cancer

"Do not rewrite history"

In a press release, the mayor of Fort-de-France, Didier Laguerre condemned "with the greater firmness "the destruction of these statues and called to" not give in to the temptation to rewrite ist the story. "

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Overseas Minister Annick Girardin estimated on Twitter that if it is "allowed to question history, it requires methodical and rigorous work. In no case should this be done through the destruction of monuments which embody our collective memory ”.

On May 22, 1848, the slaves who had rebelled against the colonists snatched their freedom in Martinique after several days of violent riots. Facts which occurred less than a month after the signing, in Paris, on April 27, of the decree abolishing slavery, notably carried by Victor Schoelcher.

Yesterday, while we were celebrating the anniversary of the 172nd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Martinique, two statues of Victor Schœlcher were destroyed at Fort de France and at Schoelcher, in Martinique.

- Annick Girardin (@AnnickGirardin) May 23, 2020

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