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Toppled Christopher Columbus statue being retrieved from harbor

Toppled Christopher Columbus statue being retrieved from harbor
Toppled Christopher Columbus statue being retrieved from harbor
Toppled Christopher Columbus statue being retrieved from harbor
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 11:09:11-04

UPDATE: Monday July 6th: Early Monday morning crews arrived at the harbor to retrieve the toppled Christopher Columbus statue. A dive team went into the harbor, found the statue and began pulling pieces of it out.

Attempts to remove the statue from the water on Sunday failed. We're told those working to retrieve the statue are hoping to refurbish it.

Protesters in Baltimore pull down statue of Christopher Columbus, throw it into Inner Harbor
Photo Credit: Spencer Compton via Twitter

Original story:

Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thew it into the city’s Inner Harbor on Saturday.

Demonstrators used ropes to take down the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood.

We reached out to Baltimore Police and they stated, "we have no new updates to provide at this time."

In a statement, Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter:

"While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property is completely unacceptable. That is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics. Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer."

In a statement from Council President Brandon Scott, he seems to differ from Gov. Hogan on the incident:

“I suggested that the last administration remove this statue when they removed the Confederate monuments. I support Baltimore’s Italian-American community and Baltimore’s indigenous community. I cannot, however, support Columbus.”

This story originally reported on WMAR2News.com.