OXFORD - A college at Oxford University says it has decided not to remove a statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes.
Campaigners want the statue torn down, arguing that Rhodes, a 19th Century businessman and politician in southern Africa, represented white supremacy.
They have described Oriel College's decision as "outrageous, dishonest and cynical" and have vowed to fight it.
The college began a consultation last month and said the "overwhelming" response was that Rhodes should stay.
It said the statue was a reminder of the complexity of history and of the legacies of colonialism.
In a statement, campaign group Rhodes Must Fall said: "This recent move is outrageous, dishonest, and cynical.
"This is not over. We will be redoubling our efforts and meeting over the weekend to discuss our next actions."
The decision by the college comes after the Oxford Union debating society voted by 245 to 212 earlier this month for the statue to be removed.
The Rhodes Must Fall campaign began in South Africa, where a Rhodes statue was removed, and was adopted in Oxford by campaigners who argued his views were incompatible with an "inclusive culture" at the university.