City crews began work on Thursday morning to clean a statue of Captin James Cook, situated in the Inner Harbour, that was vandalized with red paint. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Inner Harbour statue vandalized with red paint

Motive for vandalism is unclear at this time

City crews worked to clean up a vandalized statue last Thursday morning, after the Captain James Cook in the Inner Harbour was drenched with red paint. The motive wasn’t immediately clear.

READ ALSO: Removal of John A. Macdonald statue met with divided crowd

In 2018, the City of Victoria removed a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from city hall as hundreds gathered to watch. The Captain Cook statue marks his arrival to Pacific Northwest in 1778.


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