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Beetroot statue of Egerton Ryerson, dumped in Toronto on Sunday, will not be replaced

A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on June 6, 2021. ‘ A very bad image of Egerton Ryerson was overturned in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, which is prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has been re-examined after the discovery in Kamloops, BC, of ​​the remains of 215 indigenous children in a former residential school. (The Canadian Press / Chris Young)

TORONTO – The president of Ryerson University in Toronto says a statue of the university’s namesake has been torn down by protesters and will not be replaced.

According to a statement from the university president, Mohamed Lachemi, the statue was cut down by the protesters about an hour after the end of a protest that claimed that the university continued Ryerson’s name.

Protesters splashed the statue with paint, then chopped off the head of the statue, carried it to the shore and lowered it into the water with rope.

Ryerson is recognized as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

His statue became a rallying point in Toronto after the discovery of the remains of 215 students buried in unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC.

Lachemi’s statement said the statue would not be “repaired or replaced”, and he was relieved no one was injured when the statue was taken down.

Toronto police say the removal of the law is being investigated.

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