After a successful appeal, the statue of a contentious German colonial officer in Namibia‘s capital, Windhoek, has been removed.
It was built in 1965 in front of the current municipal building of the city to honor Curt von François, who was hailed as its founder.
From 1889 to 1894, Von François served as a senior officer in the German colony of South West Africa (current-day Namibia).
In 1892, he served as the commanding officer during the Hoornkrans Massacre, a campaign against the Nama people’s escalating uprising, in which at least 80 people mostly women and children were slain.
Before the statue was removed from its pedestal on Wednesday, local artists held rituals to reclaim the area.
The petition to remove the statue was spearheaded by activist Hildegard Titus, who expressed her excitement to the news outlet Namibian.
She claimed that Von François was a representation of “wrongly been called the founder of Windhoek” and that he had “colonial oppression”. The statue was taken down to cheers from the audience that had gathered to see the event.