Protesters demolish statue of Christopher Columbus in Barranquilla

The statue of Columbus in the city of Barranquilla. Courtesy photo

A dozen protesters in Colombia carried out the demolition of a statue of the conquering navigator Christopher Columbus in the city of Barranquilla, this Tuesday, as announced through social networks.

The action took place in the midst of protests that still continue, although to a lesser degree, in some cities of the South American country, which maintain their rejection of the policies implemented by President Iván Duque.

Through videos on social networks, it can be seen that several ropes were tied to the monument, which were pulled by several people. Also, a hooded He climbed onto the pedestal to push the marble figure away.

The demolition of statues of Christopher Columbus has become a symbol of resistance and identity against colonialism and its different forms of domination of yesteryear and today.

In several countries of Latin America, and even in North America with the protests after the assassination of George Floyd, the demolition of statues of the Genoese admiral became an action of vindication.

Recently, protesters belonging to indigenous communities tried to tear down an iconic statue of Christopher Columbus in Bogotá. This time it is the one located on Avenida El Dorado with Carrera 100, very close to the El Dorado Transmilenio Portal and the international airport.

Many netizens spoke out in favor of the action. The mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, rejected all acts of vandalism against the public assets of the city. He invited people to protest peacefully, as well as argued that those who vandalize will be identified and captured. 

 

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