The COVID Diaries – 81 17th June
The governing body of Oriel College in Oxford has voted in favour of removing its statue of the Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The college will set up an independent inquiry into the key issues around the statue following a student-led campaign that began four years ago.
The decision follows protests by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign outside the college over the past two weeks. The campaign was reignited by the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the UK, including the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.