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Statue of German colonial officer removed in Namibia

The statue of German colonial officer Curt von François in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, was removed after pressure from activists. The bronze statue of Curt von François was erected in 1965 as he is seen as the founder of the city of Windhoek. The statue will be kept in a museum for the time being, but will be “replanted” once a new location is agreed upon, according to Windhoek spokesman Harold Akwenye.

Von François, a senior officer in the German colony known as South West Africa on the African continent between 1889 and 1894, was the operation commander in the Hoornkrans massacre, which killed at least 80 people, mostly women and children, in the 1890s to suppress the Namibian people’s revolt.

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