Criminal investigation teams from the Public Security Police (PSP) made investigations this Thursday in the Largo Trindade Coelho area in Lisbon, where a statue of Father António Vieira was vandalized, a COMETLIS source told Lusa.
According to the source of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command of the PSP (COMETLIS), “there was a projection of red ink” on the figures of Father António Vieira and three children, who make up the set of sculptures, and the word “ Decolonizes ”at the base of the monument.
According to the same source, after the media alert, PSP criminal investigation teams were mobilized, who took steps on the spot "to collect more and better evidence" that could lead to the identification of the perpetrators.
Damage to monuments constitutes a public crime, said the head of the Lisbon PSP, adding that the case will now be forwarded to the Public Ministry.
Installed in Largo Trindade Coelho, close to the Bairro Alto area, the installation of the statue of Padre António Vieira resulted from a partnership between the Lisbon City Council and Santa Casa da Misericórdia, whose headquarters are located in that square.
On the day of the inauguration, on June 22, 2017, the mayor, Fernando Medina, said it was a fundamental tribute to “one of the greatest personalities of Portuguese thought” so far without “the proper expression of recognition” in the city .
Following the death of the American George Floyd and the demonstrations that followed, several monuments have been vandalized and demolished in cities in the United States, but also in Europe, as they are associated with racism and periods of slavery by some movements.