Protesters in Columbus Park are demanding the removal of a longstanding statue of Christopher Columbus. The protesters assert that Monday’s federal holiday, which honors the explorer, represents oppression for Native Americans.
“We need to take these statues down because we don’t need to be constantly reminded of our oppressors and the bad history so we need to take these statues down,” said protester Juan Aguirre. He said that people have protested the statue of Columbus for years, and they plan to take this matter to the city council to have it removed.
The Christopher Columbus Italian Society owns the statue, but the land belongs to the city.
The president of the organization said it’s a free country and they won’t step in unless the protesters deface the statue.
Police are on site to protect the stature from being vandalized.
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