Anti-racism protesters tear down Christopher Columbus statue in Minnesota

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A gaggle of protesters pulled down a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday, the newest U.S. monument to be torn down.

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus was pulled off in Boston, Massachusetts. (Reuters)

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A gaggle of protesters pulled down a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday, the newest U.S. monument to be torn down amid nationwide demonstrations towards police brutality and racial inequalities.

The 10-foot bronze statue was pulled from its granite base by a number of dozen folks led by a Minnesota-based Native American activist exterior the state Capitol, documented by information photographers tv digicam operators.

“It was the proper factor to do and it was the proper time to do it,” the activist, Mike Forcia, instructed Reuters in obvious reference to greater than two weeks of protests over the May 25 loss of life of a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, underneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Native American activists have lengthy objected to honoring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the colonization and genocide of their ancestors.

Saint Paul neighbors Minneapolis, and the 2 are generally known as the Twin Cities.

Forcia stated he was suggested by a Minnesota state trooper that he may count on to be arrested within the coming days and charged with legal destruction. A metropolis crew eliminated the statue, which was damaged on the base.

According to a web site for the Capitol, the monument was created by sculptor Carlo Brioschi and devoted in 1931 as a present to the town from Italian-Americans in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, a monument to Columbus erected in Richmond, Virginia, in 1927 was vandalized and thrown right into a lake. In the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, the pinnacle of a statue of the explorer was eliminated and damaged.

In Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Congress on Wednesday to take away from the U.S. Capitol 11 statues representing Confederate leaders and troopers from the Civil War.

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