BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Videos posted to social media Saturday show protesters pulling down Baltimore’s statue of Christopher Columbus near Little Italy and throwing it into the Inner Harbor.
The statue was located along Eastern Avenue in downtown Baltimore.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In East Baltimore Saturday, Baltimore Police Say
The videos show protesters using rope to pull down the Columbus statue. Then they dragged it down a flight of stairs and over brick pavers before throwing it into the Harbor.
Baltimore’s Columbus statue gets dumped in the harbor pic.twitter.com/ZwuNcqAH6d
— J. M. Giordano photo (@jmgpix) July 5, 2020
Protesters can be heard in the video cheering as the statue was thrown into the water.READ MORE: Fort McHenry Celebrates New Citizens, Defenders Day Saturday
Police told WJZ that they are aware of the incident but that roads in the area were blocked off. Protesters blocked off several streets during Fourth of July protests around Baltimore.
The statue was dedicated to the City of Baltimore by the Italian American Organization in October 1984.
This demonstration comes during a nationwide call to remove confederate monuments and statues of other controversial historical figures.
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Statues of Columbus have been torn down in other major cities across the U.S. amid recent protests.MORE NEWS: Man In Stable Condition After He Was Shot In Face While Driving Early Saturday
Protesters also gathered by Baltimore’s Washington Monument Saturday to ask officials to defund the police.