A graffitied and apparently bloodied Christopher Columbus statue stood in Central Park Tuesday, as the heated debate over what to do with such controversial monuments continues across the nation.
In the wake of the Charlottesville protests over a Robert E Lee statue, some have called to remove the Columbus statutes around NY. The discovery was made at about 7 a.m.by an employee of the Central Park Conservancy, who called police.
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"A paper sign stuck to the statue read "save your soul" and "#somethingscoming". The left hand of Columbus was painted red and several stickers were attached.
A commission has recently been set up by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to review any possibly "oppressive" monuments in the city and to recommend their removal. Sheri Berger, a 54-year-old resident of Brooklyn, was walking her dog in Central Park.
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"That's the first thing I've seen in NY that makes me feel saddened and angry", said Lois Hammett, a tourist from Tennessee who termed the defacement "disgraceful". "It's not positive, it's destructive".
Despite the message that "something's coming", no one has as yet taken responsibility for the vandalism.
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