Black Lives Matter events are being held in the British capital, as well as in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, as people protest against racism and police brutality. The protests that hit American cities were often accompanied by looting, arson, and vandalism, as demonstrators toppled monuments and occasionally set them on fire. In some cases, they petitioned local authorities, which then ordered the dismantling of the statues.
The vandals damaged or destroyed monuments and numerous Confederate statues as well as statues dedicated to Christopher Columbus, Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington.
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