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Columbus statue pulled down outside Minnesota State Capitol

It was the work of the American Indian Movement.
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Continuing the seemingly global movement to tear down monuments to controversial figures from history in the wake of the ongoing protests for equality, the statue of Christopher Columbus was pulled down outside the Minnesota State Capitol.

The statue was pulled down by members of the American Indian Movement, which comes after Columbus statues in Boston and Virginia were similarly damaged or removed.

While initially venerated as a voyager and discoverer, the less savory elements of Columbus' nature, particularly his enslavement of and brutality towards Native Americans, has come to greater prominence amid ongoing calls from native group to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Earlier on Wednesday, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said he was aware there was a plan to take down the statue, and asked those intending to do so to follow the lawful path to its removal.

But those in attendance said they had tried and failed to do this previously.

The History Channel has more details on Columbus' notoriety.

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