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Christopher Columbus Statue Beheaded In Waterbury

Office of Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary

A statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded in Waterbury, Connecticut, over the weekend.

Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with counter protesters over the statue earlier in the week.

Statues of Columbus have been removed from other cities in Connecticut, including New Haven and Hartford, in some cases, officials have said, to prevent damage from vandalism. Columbus statues have been destroyed in other cities, including this weekend in Baltimore.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary said in a statement he was disappointed and disturbed by the beheading. Police say they’re investigating the incident.

The statue stands outside Waterbury’s City Hall. It was donated in 1984 by UNICO, a local Italian-American organization.

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