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USA: Demonstrator shot at statue removal protest in Albuquerque01:31

USA: Demonstrator shot at statue removal protest in Albuquerque

United States, Albuquerque
June 16, 2020 at 18:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

A protester was shot in Albuquerque on Monday, as people were rallying for the removal of the city's statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate.

Demonstrators were seen chanting trying to topple the statue located in Tiguex Park, minutes before chaos erupted. The suspected shooter can be seen backing away from the protesters while using pepper spray, before several gunshots can be heard.

According to reports several protesters physically attacked Stephen Ray Baca, who was arrested at the scene and has been charged with aggravated battery over the incident, prior to his opening fire.

Police officers in riot gear were also recorded arriving on site, where not only protesters were gathered but also several members of the New Mexico Civil Guard armed militia group, some of whom were subsequently detained by police.

Following Monday's incident, Albuquerque Mayor Timothy Keller released a statement saying that since the statue had become an urgent matter of public safety, they would be removing it until the appropriate civic institutions could determine the following steps to take, with removal works beginning on Tuesday.

USA: Demonstrator shot at statue removal protest in Albuquerque01:31
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A protester was shot in Albuquerque on Monday, as people were rallying for the removal of the city's statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate.

Demonstrators were seen chanting trying to topple the statue located in Tiguex Park, minutes before chaos erupted. The suspected shooter can be seen backing away from the protesters while using pepper spray, before several gunshots can be heard.

According to reports several protesters physically attacked Stephen Ray Baca, who was arrested at the scene and has been charged with aggravated battery over the incident, prior to his opening fire.

Police officers in riot gear were also recorded arriving on site, where not only protesters were gathered but also several members of the New Mexico Civil Guard armed militia group, some of whom were subsequently detained by police.

Following Monday's incident, Albuquerque Mayor Timothy Keller released a statement saying that since the statue had become an urgent matter of public safety, they would be removing it until the appropriate civic institutions could determine the following steps to take, with removal works beginning on Tuesday.

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