Another statue of Saint Junipero Serra was damaged on California’s Indigenous People’s Day
On Monday, near San Francisco, a group of activists defaced a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property with red spray paint before tearing it from its foundation.
“This kind of behaviour has no place in any civilised society. While the police have thankfully arrested five of the perpetrators, what happens next is crucial, for if these are treated as small property crimes, it misses the point: the symbols of our faith are now under attack not only on public property but now on our own property and even inside of our churches,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on October 13th.
The riot that led to the statue’s destruction took place on the 12th of October at Mission San Rafael Arcángel in San Rafael, CA, north of San Francisco Bay.
As we have already reported, it was not the first statue of Saint Junipero Serra, that was damaged during the BLM manifestations. Serra was a Franciscan priest and missionary in the 19th century, and some activists view him as a symbol of colonialism and of the abuses that many Native Americans suffered after contact with Europeans. However, historians say the missionary protested abuses and sought to fight colonial oppression.
Source, photo: CNA