(Reuters) - Anti-racism protesters in Virginia tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus on Tuesday night in Byrd park in Richmond, then draped it in a burning flag and dumped it in a lake, images of the incident posted on social media showed.


A wave of demonstrations has swept across the United States and Europe following the death of George Floyd.


Floyd, 46, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was held face down in a street in Minneapolis on May 25.


Some of the civil action has focused on monuments glorifying countries'' imperialist past, which some people see as offensive in today''s multi-ethnic society. Protesters have torn down statues lixed to empire and the slave trade.