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Columbus statue decapitated in Waterbury, Conn. amid protests

The toppling of the statue is a part of an ongoing movement in New England and across the country. Back in June, the city of Boston removed the Christopher Columbus statue in the North End after it was vandalized and also beheaded.

A statue of Christopher Columbus was discovered vandalized with red paint, in San Antonio, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Across the country, protesters and activists are seeking to remove Christopher Columbus statues as well as other figures, to protest racial injustice. Associated Press

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in Waterbury has been decapitated amid protests over racial injustice and the legacy of the 15th-century navigator.

The Republican-American reports that photos shot Saturday show the headless statue outside Waterbury’s City Hall.

The statue had been the focus of a standoff earlier in the week between its supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters who wanted it removed.

Several Columbus statues in Connecticut have been removed in recent weeks as anti-racism protesters have argued that the renowned explorer was responsible for the exploitation and genocide of Indigenous people.

Crews removed a Columbus statue from its pedestal in Hartford on Monday, and city leaders said it would be placed in storage until a decision is made on what to do with it.

The Waterbury statue was donated to the city in the 1980s by UNICO, an Italian American organization.

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