The statue of a famous Italian writer and advocate of colonialism, has been painted red and defaced with the words “racist, rapist” in Milan, Italy as protesters target statues seen as symbols of colonialism and slavery.
Th Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala said the statue recognised Montanelli’s indisputable journalistic contribution as a great journalist who fought for freedom of the press. Sala advised that human lives must be judged in its totality and complexity and not only through our flaws alone.
Attack on Indro Montanelli’s statute was credited by Anti-racism protesters who posted a video on Instagram, saying the statue named after him must be removed from the Milan park.
Montanelli, who died in 2001 married an Eritrean girl, 12, during army service in the 1930s – an act he admitted himself.
This is the first of such attack on a statue in Italy in the current anti-racism demonstrations in the United States of America (USA) and Europe.
The seemingly unending protest was ignited by the death of George Floyd in the hands of a white police officer in the U.S.
Activist group Retestudentimilano labelled Montanelli “a colonialist who made slavery an important part of his political activity”. They believe he “cannot and should not be celebrated in the public square”.