Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Christopher Columbus statue vandalized in Central Park

Christopher Columbus statue vandalized in Central Park

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on September 12, 2017.

In Central Park a statue of Christopher Columbus has been attacked by vandals who painted his hands blood red and wrote: "Hate will not be tolerated" on the stone plinth beneath his feet. The statue's hands were also painted a bloody red, with the hashtag #SOMETHINGSCOMING written at its base. Several stickers that said "Save Your Soul" were also placed on the statue.

The vandalization was noticed around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning by a Central Park Conservancy employee, who immediately notified the authorities.

As reported by the New York Post, members of the public had mixed feelings about the defacement of the Christopher Columbus statue.

Columbus is one of many historical figures under fire after a deadly protest in Charlottesville, sparked by white supremacists rallying in the city to protest Confederate monuments.

"It bothers me to see [the graffiti]". She said it was the first thing she had seen in NY that saddened her and made her angry, adding there are legal ways to protest. "It's not positive, it's destructive", said resident Sheri Berger to the New York Post.

So far, no one has taken credit for this vandalism.

The Lancaster County Chapter of the Autonomous American Indian Movement says Columbus brought mass murder, genocide and slavery to the continent.

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