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Underground museums, parks and private collections: This is what happens to monuments when they fall

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Paul Kruger statue on Church Square on June 10, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. The statue was painted with red paint and the words killer painted on.   It is reported that the death of George Floyd is leading to the removal by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others of contentious statues that have riled some residents for decades. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
Paul Kruger statue on Church Square on June 10, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. The statue was painted with red paint and the words killer painted on. It is reported that the death of George Floyd is leading to the removal by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others of contentious statues that have riled some residents for decades. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

On 21 January 2021, the Tackling Racism taskforce in London recommended that the City of London, a municipal governing body that oversees the city’s historic centre, remove two controversial statues from its Guildhall headquarters. To make this recommendation, the task force consulted more than 1 500 members of the public on colonial landmarks in the area. 

This comes shortly after the United Kingdom’s secretary for housing and local government Robert Jenrick vowed to introduce legislation that would make it more difficult for local authorities to remove monuments, because monuments should not be removed "at the behest of baying mobs". In this proposed legislation, the final say will lie with the government. 

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