Columbus statue toppled by race protesters in Baltimore

Clay Curtis
July 6, 2020

While much of the United States celebrated Independence Day Saturday (local time), protesters in Baltimore toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the Inner Harbor, CNN affiliate WBAL reported.

A Christopher Columbus monument has been toppled by a group of protesters in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore, in the U.S. state of Maryland, on the evening of 4 July.

"After it toppled over the statue broke into several pieces, which were then dragged across the plaza and dumped into the Inner Harbor", Mr Krauss told CNN.

The destruction came after a Little Italy group hired private, unarmed security personnel to guard the statue around the clock - but it was unclear if anyone was trying to guard it Saturday, FOX 45 reported.

Video of the event posted on Twitter showed protesters cheering as the statue was thrown into the harbor.

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It adds that Columbus was a "racist monster who initiated the genocide against indigenous Americans" and "pioneered the Transatlantic slave trade and likely sent more enslaved people across the sea than any other person". "Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer".

Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young (D) spokesman Lester Davis said Saturday evening that the mayor's office did not view protecting the statue as a priority, telling the Baltimore Sun that it was part of a "reexamination taking place nationally and globally around some of these monuments and statues that may represent different things to different people".

"I can not, however, support Columbus".

This incident is the latest in the long line of Columbus monuments to be targeted, with statues in Miami, Richmond, St. Paul, and Boston all being either removed or vandalized.

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