The centennial statue of Christopher Columbus from the Colombian city of Barranquilla was shot down this Monday by protesters who participated in a new day of protests against the Government of the country, within the framework of the national strike called for two months.

The director of the Colombian Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, told reporters that both that historical monument and another in the town of Santander de Quilichao, in the troubled department of Cauca, “were attacked by criminals.”

The people who demolished the monument put a hood on the statue, a rope around its neck, tied ropes and they pulled her down, yelling “Colón murdero”.

Later, already on the ground, they proceeded to rip off his head and write with spray paint captions like “for our dead.”

The mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, said that “violence only generates more violence. I invite you to shed your hatred and build a better country. “

The president added that “we have not repressed and we will not repress the peaceful protest, but we do order to continue identifying, capturing and prosecuting those who commit acts of vandalism and terrorism “.

The Columbus monument, which was located in a central neighborhood of Barranquilla, was made by the company Tomagnini de Pietrasanta and donated to the city in 1892 by the Italian colony in order to commemorate the four hundred years of the discovery of America.

However, the statue was not installed until 18 years later on what was then the main street of the city, which took the name of Paseo Colon. Then it went to the Plaza de San Nicolás de Tolentino and in the mid-90s the current place, in front of the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in the Boston neighborhood.

The latest demonstrations in Colombia have been characterized by attacks on monuments and statues of historical figures among whom are the conquerors Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in Bogotá and Sebastián de Belalcázar in Cali.

Even in Bogotá they must have been removed from their pedestals the bronze statues of Isabel la Católica and Cristóbal Colón, located near the El Dorado international airport, after indigenous people of the Misak ethnic group tried to demolish them.

The demonstrations, which in recent weeks have lost intensity until they have diminished and almost disappeared, leave, according to human rights organizations, some 74 fatalities, At least 20 of them were shot by the Police, while the Government linked 25 deaths to the protests and only three by the Police.


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