WASHINGTON: In the city of Richmond, US, protesters broke the statue of Christopher Columbus, set it on fire and then threw it into a river. According to reports, protesters gathered at the city's Byrd Park and less than two hours later, the statue was uprooted.
According to media reports, the protesters uprooted the statue with the help of several ropes at around 8.30 pm on Tuesday night and sprinkled it in place, 'Columbus is a symbol of genocide'. It was then burnt and then thrown into a river located in the park.
Police were not present in the park, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch report, but a police helicopter was seen circling the area after the incident. The Columbus statue was erected in Richmond in December 1927 and was the first statue of Christopher Columbus.