The Queen Victoria statue in front of McGill University's Strathcona Music Building was vandalized with red paint on the evening of March 17. The Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade is claiming responsibility for the incident.
According to a news release shared by No Borders Media, the Brigade "defied curfew to again vandalize the landmark bronze statue to Queen Victoria."
"Forget about celebrity distractions, let's focus on getting rid of monarchs as one important action linked to our movements for social justice," said Pádraig Patel of the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade in the release.
The same group claimed responsibility for statue vandalism in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, the group wrote that "[Queen Victoria's] reign represents a criminal legacy of genocide, mass murder, torture, massacres, terror, forced famines, concentration camps, theft, cultural denigration, racism, and white supremacy. That legacy should be denounced and attacked."
The SPVM confirmed to MTL Blog that it's investigating a mischief event involving red paint on a statue on rue Sherbrooke.
A McGill spokesperson told MTL Blog, "Given that the recent incident exacerbated existing damage to the sculpture, it has been removed for repair and restoration. Whether, following this work, the sculpture will return to its current site is not yet determined."
We were further told that "as part of its Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, the University is committed to exploring its historic record." This action plan pledged an investment of $15 million over five years to address racism and develop better representation in both the faculty and student community.
An investigation regarding the statue's vandalism is currently ongoing, the results of which will decide whether the statue will be returned to its current site or be relocated elsewhere.
While his wife, Julie Petry, had posted that the bloodshot eyes were due to an "upper-body injury," she didn't tell curious Habs fans much more — other than saying it wasn't allergies, wasn't because he wasn't tired and wasn't the result of "a couple nights in Vegas."
He called it a "freak accident" that occurred when he put his hand on the arena's glass barrier to brace himself after skating over holes on the ice. He said his pinky finger went into the glass and his momentum pushed the rest of his body forward, breaking his finger.
"The eyes were all because when they were setting my finger back into place to put the cast on, I basically passed out and popped all the blood vessels in my eyes," Petry said.
By Friday's press conference, Petry's eyes were clear, appearing to have healed. But the haunting memory will live on — at least until the Canadiens' official store runs out of Petry "Red Eye" T-shirts.