WASHINGTON, July 05: U.S. Baltimore, a city of central Maryland protesters pulled down statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbour on Saturday night.
According to media reports the statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan. Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said in a statement that he had previously suggested the statue be removed.
On Saturday night the demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood. There were at least 300 people gathered at the scene. “After it toppled over the statue broke into several pieces, which were then dragged across the plaza and dumped into the Inner Harbor, the media reports says.
Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.
A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young told that the toppling of the statue is a part of a national and global re-examination over monuments “that may represent different things to different people”.
The statue has stood by Little Italy for more than 30 years and is the latest to come down in recent weeks amid protests. Both crowds of demonstrators and local orders have removed other tributes to Columbus, Confederate leaders and other controversial figures representing racist parts of America’s history.