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Hundreds of BLM activists clash with police

By Darren Kóvacs 2020-07-18
The enraged crowd also fired and threw at them everything, including fireworks.
Police were deployed to protect the Columbus statue. But they were far outnumbered by the vandals

Police were deployed to protect the Columbus statue, but they were far outnumbered by the vandals.

Yesterday afternoon hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, shouting "Bring it down, bring it down!" and "Columbus was a murderer!" gathered at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Chicago to topple it.

Previous weekend more than 17 people were killed in shootings

The bronze statue was originally erected by the Italian-American community in Chicago in Grant Park in 1933, when the city hosted a world exhibition for the second time.

Dozen police officers

It was somewhat clear that the protection of the statue would be difficult to carry out considering the power of the few dozen police officers against the ever-increasing crowd. The enraged crowd also fired and threw at them everything, including fireworks.

Right before the activists could topple the statue, the police at the scene asked for backup, which arrived very quickly and began to distribute the crowd with pepper spray.

Bicycles left on the scene

Eventually, the protesters could not demolish the statue but left it tagged over, while some bicycles were also left on the scene.

In Chicago, crime is a growing problem. The previous weekend was the city's "bloodiest" weekend, with more than 17 people killed in shootings, including a seven-year-old girl and a boy aged 14, while more than seventy people were hospitalised with gunshot wounds.

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