The Sir John A. Macdonald monument located at downtown’s Place du Canada was vandalized for the second time this summer.
A group of anti-colonial activists took credit for the defacing and anonymously posted pictures, videos and demands on to the No Borders Media Facebook page.
The group claims they vandalized the statue early Friday morning in support of the City of Victoria’s recent removal of its own Macdonald monument and Montreal’s decision to rename Rue Amherst.
This video of the vandalizing was posted to various social media outlets on Friday morning.
The group is demanding Montreal remove the monument, arguing it should be in a museum and not on display in public spaces.
“Public space should celebrate collective struggles for justice and liberation, not white supremacy and genocide,” says an anonymous statement posted to Facebook. “He directly contributed to the genocide of Indigenous peoples with the creation of the brutal residential schools system, as well as other measures meant to destroy native cultures and traditions.”
It is unclear if both vandalizing cases stem from the same group but both motives remain the same.