U.S. protesters topple Columbus statue and throw it in lake

Anti-racism protesters in Virginia shot down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond’s Byrd Park on Tuesday evening, then dipped it into a flaming flag and dumped it into a lake, images of the incident showed on social media.

After George Floyd’s death, a wave of demonstrations has swept through the United States and Europe.

Floyd, 46, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while being held face down on a street in Minneapolis on May 25.

The statue of Christopher Columbus is seen on the ground after being shot by protesters, after the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Richmond, Virginia, USA, June 9, 2020, obtained in this photo from social media. (Instagram / @ Michaelahatton + @ 804RRJA / via REUTERS)

Part of the civil action focused on monuments that glorify the imperialist past of countries, which some consider offensive in today’s multi-ethnic society. Protesters demolished statues related to the empire and the slave trade.

Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451 and his travels across the Atlantic paved the way for the European colonization of America. He first arrived in America on October 12, 1492, a date referred to in the United States as Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

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