Rhodes goes - Oxford College supports the removal of the statue

A college at the University of Oxford voted in favor of the removal of the 19th-century colonial Cecil Rhodes statue, with less than two thousand protesters calling for its removal.

Oriel College said it would set up an independent investigation into "major issues" surrounding the Victorian mining Tycoon statue.

"The two decisions have come after thoughtful discussion and reflection, and with a full understanding of how these decisions will impact the UK and globally," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

After a large-scale protest by the Roads Must Fall campaign on June 9, protesters chanted, "Take it off!" And "Decolonize!"

The dismantling of the statue, which began four years ago, has resulted in the worldwide explosion of Black Lives Matter demonstrations by a white police officer after the assassination of African-American George Floyd.

- Discussion on the Colonial Past

Statues reminiscent of Britain's colonial past have become the center of annoyance in recent weeks, becoming a monument to Edward Colston, a slave trader in Bristol.

Additionally, the London statue of British wartime leader Winston Churchill has been shut down controversially the following anti-racism.

Rhodes said the Must Fall Campaign was cautiously optimistic after the college announcement.

“However, we have already come this way, where Oriel College is committed to taking a specific step but has not followed it: in particular, in 2015, when the college has been engaged for six months, engaged in democratic listening,” it said in a statement.

"Therefore, when we are optimistic, our optimism is cautious," he urged the college to commit to removing the statue.

Oxford City Council leader Susan Brown said she welcomed the news from Oriel College and paid tribute to the campaigners.

"The City Council welcomes the submission of a formal planning application from Oral to participate in the review process and to feed," he said in a statement.

“I would like to pay special tribute to the Roads Must Fall campaign, and to the Black Lives Matter campaigners who have strengthened this debate about our history, which is a big step forward in their goals today.

Earlier Wednesday, university minister Michelle Donnellan called for a "short-sighted" protest against the removal of the statue.

The PA Media News Agency reported, "Because if we can't rewrite our history, we need to remember what we do instead and learn from it."

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