Remove Robert Clive statue from Whitehall

Remove Robert Clive statue from Whitehall

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Heather Hayes started this petition to UK Parliament and

Robert Clive was a coloniser who expanded the British empire across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, and Myanmar. Working for the East India Company, he looted the wealth of Asia and made himself a multimillionaire.

As the first British governor of Bengal, his steep taxes and disastrous government caused a famine that killed a third of the Bengali population - over 10 million people. Even in his lifetime, he was publicly criticised for his greed and exploitation.

Shrewsbury citizens have been calling for his statue to be removed from their town centre, but there is an even more prominent statue of him in Britain - approximately 250 metres from 10 Downing Street. It was placed there in 1912, well over 100 years after Clive's death, by Lord Curzon. Curzon was himself Viceroy of India and keen to legitimise Britain's continued colonial rule.

Statues of oppressors should be put into museums where they can be placed in their correct historical context. They should not be given pride of place in the centre of our democracy. Their are numerous people in London and across the UK who are of South Asian heritage and whose ancestors were persecuted, starved or murdered because of this man. It's time to stop showing pride in colonialism.

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