Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thew it into the city’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, according to officials.
Demonstrators used ropes to take down the monument in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Baltimore Police stated, “we have no new updates to provide at this time.”
However, in a statement, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter:
Today I issued the following statement on events in Baltimore City. City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer. pic.twitter.com/lnCAxjKvAG
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) July 5, 2020
Protesters who have been mobilized recently by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, as well as Confederate figures and others.
They believe the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the statue, which was owned by the city, was dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan.
Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated.
After throwing the status into the water on Saturday, the protesters reportedly moved on to Ouzo Bay Restaurant, a restaurant where a customer stated that her 9-year old Black son was denied service on June 22.