US protesters topple Christopher Columbus statue, throw it in lake

6/10/2020 3:55:00 PM

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake.

The city’s parks department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the fallen statue from the Associated Press.Earlier during the day, Activist Chelsea Higgs-Wise and other protesters spoke to a crowd gathered at Byrd Park about the struggles of indigenous people and African-Americans in America. “We have to start where it all began,” Higgs-Wise said during her speech. “We have to start with the people who stood first on this land.”

The Columbus statue was dedicated in Richmond in December 1927, and had been the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South, the newspaper reported. Its toppling comes amid national protests over the death of George Floyd and several days after a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park by demonstrators who also used ropes to tear it down.

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Earlier during the day, Activist Chelsea Higgs-Wise and other protesters spoke to a crowd gathered at Byrd Park about the struggles of indigenous people and African-Americans in America. “We have to start where it all began,” Higgs-Wise said during her speech. “We have to start with the people who stood first on this land. In addition to the strict security measures commonplace around the world since then, passengers will now encounter a barrage of checks for COVID-19.” The Columbus statue was dedicated in Richmond in December 1927, and had been the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South, the newspaper reported. Its toppling comes amid national protests over the death of George Floyd and several days after a statue of Confederate Gen. Student groups and unions have also announced plans to canvas members over possible strike action in coming days, but Hong Kong's labor movement has limited influence.

Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park by demonstrators who also used ropes to tear it down. There were multiple queues and screenings before he could even check in at the airport, he added. Native American advocates have also long pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas. Vanessa Bolin, a member of the Richmond Indigenous Society, told the crowd she did not come “to hijack” the protests against police brutality, but to “stand in solidarity” with the people. Another speaker, Joseph Rogers, declared the area “Powhatan land,” and talked about how white supremacy and institutionalized racism has impacted both groups. With these kinds of strict rules, I think people will think twice before travelling," said the 40-year-old, who had to pay double the usual fare for his short flight as some seats were left empty for physical distancing. ADVERTISEMENT .  'ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE'  In a speech on Monday Zhang Xiaoming, the deputy head of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, likened the law to "anti-virus software".