Thursday 16.07.2020
POLL

Statues of controversial historical figures shouldn't be removed, Foreigner.fi readers say

Foreigner.fi will ask a different question about Finland and Finnish lifestyle every Friday on its official Twitter account @foreignerfi
Equestrian statue of Finnish Marshal Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, in Lahti. Photo: Foreigner.fi.
Equestrian statue of Finnish Marshal Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, in Lahti. Photo: Foreigner.fi.

Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who died while being restrained by a police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May, Black Lives Matter demonstrations have erupted in numerous cities across the United States and Europe.

Protesters have been targeting statues of controversial historical figures. In the United States, a Statue of Christopher Columbus was removed in San Francisco. In Europe lots of historical figures’ have been statues damaged.

Christopher-Columbus-statue-San-Francisco-by-@LyanneMelendez-TwitterThe statue of Christopher Columbus removed in San Francisco. Photo: @LyanneMelendez/Twitter.

Therefore, Foreigner.fi asked the readers in a Twitter poll, “Do you agree with the removal of statues of controversial historical figures?”

In the poll, respondents were given two options, which were 'Yes' and 'No'.

The mini poll was answered by 51 readers and 58.8% of the readers think statues of controversial historical figures do not move. 41.2% voted ‘Yes'.

 

About the reader’s comments, one reader said that, “You can't change history by destroying the evidence. History is for learning not burning.”

Foreigner.fi is going to ask a different question about Finland every Friday on its official Twitter account @foreigner.fi

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