Capt. Cook statue torn down, thrown into Victoria Harbour

Cook statue torn down

A large crowd gathered around the Capt. James Cook statue at Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Thursday night and pulled it down from its base, leaving behind a portion of a leg. The statue was tossed into the harbour.

The statue came down about 8:30 p.m.

Members of the crowd smeared the pedestal with red hand prints.

In the statue’s place, they erected a wooden red dress, a symbol representing murdered and missing Indigenous women. They left behind a stack of the wooden red dresses.

Later in the night bystanders set up the remaining dresses around the pedestal.

Police officers were already in the area and patrolling Canada Day gatherings and saw the statue come down. Police confirmed there were no arrests.

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