22:07 14 October
Destroy all monuments of genocide ': the statue of Christopher Columbus in San Francisco vandalized.
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San Francisco, United States Of America
Christopher Columbus ' statue in San Francisco was vandalized the day before the federal holiday commemorating his arrival in the Americas in 1492.
On Sunday, city workers washed up a statue at the foot of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, which was coated with red paint. Graffiti on the foundation said "Destroy all genocide sites" and "Kill all colonizers."
The North Beach News posted a picture of the defaced monument; one columnist commented, "Well done. Columbus doesn't deserve any better." The case is under investigation by the San Francisco Police Department.
The New World explorer has become a polarizing figure, and Columbus monuments are often the object of vandals across the United States. On Monday, a statue in Rhode Island was splashed from head to toe with red paint. A poster reading "Stop Celebrating Genocide" was leaned against the pedestal.
Although Columbus Day is a national holiday held on the second Monday of October, many areas across the country have changed from celebrating Columbus to paying tribute to the indigenous communities who endured abuse and disease as explorers as Columbus arrived. More than 100 towns celebrate the Day of the Indigenous Peoples instead of Columbus Day.