–Victoria Police Department media release
Investigators are asking for information and video after the Captain Cook statue in Victoria was damaged yesterday evening.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 1st, a group of people in the 700-block of Government Street dismantled the Captain Cook statue and threw it into the inner harbour. Investigators are asking for information and videos of the incident.
Safe, peaceful and lawful protests are permitted under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Property damage is not.
There are several suspects in this incident. Photographs of two of the suspects are available below.This incident remains under investigation.
If you have any information about this incident or have a video of the incident, please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Captain James Cook statue in Victoria, BC. This was moments before his body was sunk in the Salish Sea by Nuu Chah Nulth Youth and friends. The city of Victoria should remove all monuments that celebrate settler colonialism. NO PRIDE IN GENOCIDE! pic.twitter.com/mffbRPiYJ4
— Siiam Hamilton (@siiamhamilton) July 2, 2021