’Stop celebrating genocide’; sign reads on defaced Christopher Columbus statue in Providence

Red paint covers a statue of Christopher Columbus on Monday Oct. 14 2019 in Providence R.I. after it was vandalized on the day named to honor him as one of the first Europeans to reach the New World. The statue has been the target of vandals on Colum

Red paint covers a statue of Christopher Columbus on Monday Oct. 14 2019 in Providence R.I. after it was vandalized on the day named to honor him as one of the first Europeans to reach the New World. The statue has been the target of vandals on Colum

Someone poured red paint over it and drew anarchy symbols and messages on the concrete base that read "Destroy all monuments of genocide" and "Kill all colonizers".

Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the USA holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated.

Around 7:50 a.m., a Chula Vista police officer discovered that the statue in Discovery Park on Buena Vista Way had splashes of red paint on it, Chula Vista police Capt. Vern Sallee said.

San Francisco is one of dozens of US cities, along with several entire states, which no longer celebrate Christopher Columbus Day on the second Monday of October.

This was not the first time this statue has been vandalized, but it was one of the most thorough jobs in memory.

Red paint, along with messages about genocide, were sprayed on landmarks in both San Francisco and Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday.

City crews are cleaning off the paint and Chula Vista Police Department officers are conducting an investigation into the crime.

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City workers cleaned the statute, located on Telegraph Hill in the city's North Beach neighborhood, on Sunday as thousands celebrated Italian culture at the Italian Heritage Parade nearby.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday commemorating Columbus' voyage and arrival in the New World on October 12, 1492.

Last year, the city voted to change it to Indigenous People's Day because of how the Native Americans were treated after the arrival of European settlers.

At least eight states and 130 cities have legally changed the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day, including Wisconsin, where Gov.

Some have replaced Columbus Day with other titles related to the Native American community.

The city council designated August 9 as Indigenous People's Day in Cleveland. Washington, D.C., is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day this year under a temporary measure.

The president also acknowledged Columbus's Italian heritage, praising the Italian-American contributions to the United States as well as the continued alliance with Italy.

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