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Vandals Attack Iconic Statue in South Australia

A statue commemorating the man who chose the site of South Australias capital has been vandalised and tagged with the words “Death to Australia”.

The words “No pride in genocide” were also written on the base of the Colonel William Light monument, on Montefiore Hill which overlooks Adelaides CBD.

Colonel Light was a British-Malayan naval and army officer who was appointed surveyor-general of South Australia and who also designed the layout of the states capital.

The tags appear to be related to the Black Lives Matter movement, which drew more than 5000 people into Adelaides city centre earlier this month, calling for justice over the death of American man George Floyd and an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody.

However, historical references to Colonel Lights time in SA do not indicate any particular issues with the Indigenous community.

The Boer War Memorial, located outside Government House in the CBD, was also vandalised.

Premier Steven Marshall said existing monuments would not be taken down but more should be erected to commemorate Aboriginal men and woman.

“We have got one of the most important statues commemorating Aboriginal men and womens service to Australia on the Torrens Parade Ground,” Marshall said.

“We should be putting up more statues in SA commemorating the great achievements of Aboriginal men and women. We should not be desecrating other statues in our state.”

Black Lives Matter Adelaide protest organiser Natasha Wanganeen said she did not support vandalism but wanted Colonel Lights statue removed.

“Why does Australia want to hold onto these things that are disheartening to Aboriginal people?,” she said on ABC Radio on June 25.

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