BALTIMORE protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbor on Saturday night.
Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, the Associated Press reported.
The Christopher Columbus statue is visible in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.[/caption]
Protesters toss a statue of Christopher Columbus into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.[/caption]
Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others.
They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.
The Christopher Columbus monument is seen after the statue atop it has been torn down.[/caption]
A splash is visible in the water of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor when the Christopher Columbus statue is tossed in.[/caption]
According to The Baltimore Sun, the statue was dedicated in 1984 and owned by the city.
Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami, Richmond, St Paul and Boston, where one was decapitated.
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Just hours before, the president hit out at “angry mobs” who have been toppling statues of Confederate leaders across the country during his Independence Day speech.
“We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” he said at the White House’s “Salute to America” event on the South Lane
“We will safeguard our values, traditions, customs, and beliefs.”