Protesters in Baltimore threw a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into a harbor

Protesters in Baltimore threw a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into a harbor

Louis Krauss, who shared a video of the overthrow, said at least 300 people had gathered at the scene.

“After it was overturned, the statue broke into several pieces, which were then dragged into the square and thrown into the inner harbor,” Kraus told CNN.

The statue has been on the side of Little Italy for more than 30 years and is the latest to come down in recent weeks amid protests. Both the crowd and the local authorities have removed other tributes to Columbus, Confederate leaders and other controversial figures representing racist parts of American history.

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said in a statement that he had previously proposed removing the statue, according to WBAL.

“I support the Italian-American community of Baltimore and the indigenous community of Baltimore,” the statement said. “I can’t support Columbus, though.”

CNN has reached the Baltimore Police Department for comment.

On Wednesday, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, called on his emergency services to remove several federal monuments across the city, including a statue in honor of federal general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Last month, a judge ordered the removal of a federal monument in a suburb of Atlanta.
Elsewhere in the country, controversial symbols were overturned by protesters, including a group in Portland, Oregon, who tore down a statue of George Washington last month and set it on fire. In Richmond, Virginia, crowds descended on the statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, a day after the overthrow of a statue of Columbus.

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