Christopher Columbus by the floors on the island of Madeira , where he was in 1478 with the order to buy 2,400 arrobas of sugar. The website of the tourist attraction of the place tells that “perhaps it was there that the discoverer was inspired by his subsequent trips”. Whoever visits its capital, Funchal , now will find the statue of the navigator demolished.
This has happened in many other places in the world in recent weeks following the murder of George Floyd in the United States at the hands of a policeman, which led to a rematch against figures that the authors of this vandalism consider to symbolize racism or slavery.
It is located in the central park of Santa Catarina, one of the most visited places in the city, and the operators are unable to relocate the sculpture, which is damaged, on its pedestal. Made in bronze and inaugurated in 1968, it is the work of the Portuguese Henrique Moreira.
The mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, annoyed, has openly condemned this act : “This is a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, which has always cultivated tolerance and welcomes those who visit it, who have always fought for equality, for justice , who always embraced his identity with pride. Today will be no different. “
For the alderman, the attack, “is the result of nightly excesses or to claim any ideological position, is not justified.” At the moment it has not been found with those responsible, who carried out the demolition on Sunday morning. An investigation is ongoing.