Statue of German colonial ruler removed – DW – 11/23/2022

Authorities in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Wednesday removed a statue of a German colonial governor following a campaign to have it taken down.

Windhoek city spokesman, Harold Akwenya, told German news agency DPA that the statue of Curt von Francois — considered by many to be the city’s founder — would be moved to the Independence Museum for safekeeping.

The statue of Windhoek's first governor being lifted by a crane
The statue of Curt von Francoi will be moved to the Independence museum with a decision yet to be made on what should replace itImage: Lisa Ossenbrink/dpa/picture alliance

Francois’ descendent slams removal of statue

The statue of von Francois had been standing since 1965. However, a petition to have it removed — because of what it represents to many Namibians — was started in 2020 by activist Hildegard Titus.


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