Indigenous protesters in Colombia have toppled a statue of Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar within the south-western metropolis of Popayán.
Police appeared on as members of the Misak neighborhood used ropes to tear down the equestrian determine of de Belalcázar, who based town in 1537.
Indigenous leaders stated he represented 5 centuries of genocide and slavery.
Popayán’s mayor stated it was an act of violence in opposition to an emblem of a multicultural metropolis.
De Belalcázar led quite a few expeditions in north-western components of South America, founding additionally what’s now Ecuador’s capital Quito.
The Misak neighborhood blames the conquistador for the killings of their ancestors and land grabbing.
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