Australian police arrest two after Captain Cook statue defaced

SYDNEY: Australian police said they arrested two women after a statute of British explorer James Cook, captain of the first Western ship to reach the east coast of Australia, was defaced early on Sunday (Jun 14) in Sydney.

New South Wales police were alerted to graffiti on Cook's statue in Hyde Park in the central district of Australia's largest city just after 4 am before the two women in their late 20s were arrested.

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The women were found with a bag containing a number of spray-paint cans, the police said in a statement. They were refused bail and will be charged with the destroying and damaging property, it said.

Anti-racism protesters, who have taken to the streets around the world following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in the US, are demanding that the legacies of some of the architects of Europe's empire building be revisited and their statues be torn down.

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