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We here in the United States have seen a concerted effort from the left by the likes of antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement to tear down monuments of Confederate generals and Founding Fathers in an attempt to rewrite history. But rest assured, this revisionist movement is not confined solely to America’s shores.
Indeed, there has been a rash of vandalism against monuments of prominent historical figures in Australia as well. However, a new law that was just put in place to protect monuments from vandalism could nip that movement in the bud, according to Breitbart.
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Now, anyone caught defacing or vandalizing a monument that has been placed under the protection of the National Heritage List will find themselves facing a hefty fine and potentially several years behind bars.
The most recent vandalism of statues occurred in Sydney’s Hyde Park, with the defacement of a statue honoring British Naval Captain James Cook, the first European to fully chart and explore the Australian coastline, as well as one honoring a former governor of New South Wales named Lachlan Macquarie, according to the Financial Times.
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The statues were defaced with graffiti which read “no pride in genocide” and “change the date,” a reference to the celebration of “Australia Day” on January 26, the anniversary of the landing of the first colonial fleet on Sydney’s shores in 1788. It’s a date also referred to as “invasion day” by some indigenous people and leftists who view the colonial time period as purely one of violent genocide, racism and slavery.
While leftists may have cheered about what happened to the statues, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the vandalism a “cowardly criminal act” and compared it to the sort of revisionist history championed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, according...
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