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USA: Protesters tear down Columbus statue in Baltimore

United States, Baltimore
July 5, 2020 at 13:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters pulled down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore's Little Italy neighbourhood on Saturday evening.

The white marble statue can be seen falling down as the ropes attached to the structure were pulled by the protesters, who applauded and cheered around as they toppled the monument.

The statue was unveiled by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan in October 1984 with the inscription "Discoverer of America."

The broken remains of the monument were later thrown into the city's harbour.

The monument adds to the growing list of Christopher Columbus monuments and memorials removed during the George Floyd protests across US, as his arrival in the Americas marked the beginning of the genocide of Native American people and as a figure connected with racism.

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Protesters pulled down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore's Little Italy neighbourhood on Saturday evening.

The white marble statue can be seen falling down as the ropes attached to the structure were pulled by the protesters, who applauded and cheered around as they toppled the monument.

The statue was unveiled by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan in October 1984 with the inscription "Discoverer of America."

The broken remains of the monument were later thrown into the city's harbour.

The monument adds to the growing list of Christopher Columbus monuments and memorials removed during the George Floyd protests across US, as his arrival in the Americas marked the beginning of the genocide of Native American people and as a figure connected with racism.

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