A large crane lifted a statue of colonial-era German official Curt von Francois in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Wednesday, as a crowd gathered nearby clapped and cheered in delight.
The 2.4-meter bronze statue of Francois was unveiled in 1965 during Windhoek’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
The controversial statue was seen as a symbol of colonial oppression in the South African nation and is the latest to be dismantled as activists around the world launch campaigns for its removal.
Germany has a troubled past in Namibia. The country apologized in 2021 for its role in the massacre of Herero and Nama tribes in Namibia more than a century ago, officially calling it genocide for the first time.