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Connecticut’s largest city is considering the fate of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed from a public park.

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The Bridgeport Park Board  in Connecticut has voted unanimously to let Mayor Joe Ganim put back the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park, a month after it was removed abruptly.

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A statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed from a park in Connecticut’s largest city, days after city officials said they were working on a plan to keep it there.

Bridgeport, Connecticut, officials said they removed the statue from the city’s Seaside Park and put it in storage. They attributed the move to an abundance of caution for preservation of the historic artifact, as well as “modern-day sensitivities.”

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There's a statue of Christopher Columbus in Bridgeport, Connecticut. And, many of the city’s residents are from Puerto Rico, an island associated with Columbus’s violent crimes. But unlike many other places in Connecticut, the state’s largest city has no plans to do away with Columbus.

Bridgeport City Councilman Jorge Cruz represents a district that includes the city’s Seaside Park — where a statue of Christopher Columbus stands on a pedestal, gazing out at the waters of Long Island Sound.

Cruz says he tries to avoid it.

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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.

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