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Christopher Columbus statues burned, beheaded and torn down

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts. Native American activists have long objected to honoring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the colonization and genocide of their ancestors.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts. Native American activists have long objected to honoring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the...more

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts. Native American activists have long objected to honoring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the colonization and genocide of their ancestors. REUTERS/Brian Snyder    
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The statue of Christopher Columbus after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday.   Instagram/@Michaelahatton + @804RRJA

The statue of Christopher Columbus after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday. Instagram/@Michaelahatton + @804RRJA

The statue of Christopher Columbus after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday. Instagram/@Michaelahatton + @804RRJA
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The statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in a lake after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday.   Instagram/@Videoguns

The statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in a lake after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday. Instagram/@Videoguns

The statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in a lake after it was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday. Instagram/@Videoguns
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State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota. A group of protesters pulled down the statue of the Italian explorer on Thursday.  

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State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota. A group of protesters pulled down the statue...more

State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota. A group of protesters pulled down the statue of the Italian explorer on Thursday. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi
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A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, June 10.  
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A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Michael Forcia, Chairman of the American Indian Movement in the Twin Cities, holds up the rope used to topple the statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

Michael Forcia, Chairman of the American Indian Movement in the Twin Cities, holds up the rope used to topple the statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

Michael Forcia, Chairman of the American Indian Movement in the Twin Cities, holds up the rope used to topple the statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi
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The vandalized base of the statue of Christopher Columbus after the statue was pulled down by protesters  in Richmond, Virginia, June 9. Instagram/@Videoguns

The vandalized base of the statue of Christopher Columbus after the statue was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia, June 9. Instagram/@Videoguns

The vandalized base of the statue of Christopher Columbus after the statue was pulled down by protesters in Richmond, Virginia, June 9. Instagram/@Videoguns
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State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10.  
 REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi  

State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi  

State Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi  
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Demonstrators drum and sing as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery drive off with the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10.  REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

Demonstrators drum and sing as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery drive off with the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

Demonstrators drum and sing as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery drive off with the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota, June 10. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi
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Graffiti is seen on a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Graffiti is seen on a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Graffiti is seen on a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10.   REUTERS/Marco Bello

A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus at the Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, Florida, June 10. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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