Christopher Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters
Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighbourhood.
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, news outlets reported.
Protesters just took down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore's Little Italy. pic.twitter.com/ViPk5eKOtz- Louis Krauss (@louiskraussnews) July 5, 2020
Protesters mobilised 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.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan.
Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated.
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