Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley says those responsible for spraying the controversial statue of British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson with yellow paint and other graffiti should be punished for defacing public property.
According to Lashley, the 204 year old statue which stands in Heroes Square, is public property and it should not have been touched.
Acknowledging that for many years there has been a public debate regarding the removal of the statue, which was erected in 1813, from where it currently stands, Lashley said he is of the view that the country must someday come together to resolve the issue.
However, the Minister said the person or persons responsible , will be dealt with.
“I equally believe that anyone who takes it on themselves to deface or to do any damage to public monuments should equally be dealt firmly in accordance with the law,” Lashley said in a release on Wednesday.
For several years, prominent historians and other interested Barbadians have called for the statue to be removed from the centre of the island, explaining that it is a reminder of slavery.