Anti-Racism Protesters Mistakenly Topple Statue of US Anti-Slavery Leader | 22 Words

Anti-racism protestors have mistakenly defaced and tossed a statue of a prominent US anti-slavery leader this week, sparking huge backlash online.

Keep scrolling to watch a clip of the incident, and to read about the life of the anti-slavery campaigner.

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.

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Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent...

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But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

It has also taken over our streets...

For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

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And people are continuing to demand justice.

One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.

Just last week, across the pond in the UK, a video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.

Colston was a slave trader.

Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company. He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced. 

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The statue was ninety-three-years-old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.

Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...

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His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.

It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...

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And this is when things turned ugly.

The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...

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And protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.

Many agreed with the protestors' actions...

And people spoke out against Columbus and what he stood for in history.

But this week, anti-racism protestors mistakenly defaced a statue of an anti-slavery leader.

The statue of US leader, Colonel Hans Christian Heg, was decapitated and dragged into a lake.

Heg was one of America's fiercest anti-slavery campaigners.

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As well as campaigning to end slavery, he fought in the Union army during the American Civil War and led a militia that targeted slave-catchers in Wisconsin, ABC reports. 

In 1863, he was shot leading his regiment against Confederate troops at the Battle of Chickamauga.

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He passed away the next day from his injuries.

His statue, located outside Wisconsin's State Capitol in Madison, was defaced on Tuesday night.

And was emblazoned with graffiti that read "Fire Matt Kenny," in reference to the white police officer who shot and killed black nineteen-year-old Tony Robinson in Wisconsin back in 2015.

People on Twitter hit out at the protestors who defaced the statue.

With many accusing them of taking down any statue in sight, without knowing who the statue is of.

People are furious...

Some branded the incident as "insanity."

Watch the video of the incident in question below:

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