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Columbus statue in Providence defaced on holiday

October 12, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence was doused in red paint and had a sign reading "murderer" hung around its waist during the Columbus Day holiday.

WJAR-TV reports the vandalism was discovered Monday morning.

The large statue of a standing and pointing Columbus sits at a busy intersection in the capital city.

Police say they are investigating it as malicious injury to property vandalism.

A representative of the Sons of Italy tells WPRO-AM that he would like the vandalism to be investigated as a hate crime against Italians.

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