ABC – The Christopher Columbus statue near Coit Tower was vandalized Sunday. Red paint covered the face of the controversial colonist, while the base of the statue had graffiti that read, “Destroy all monuments of genocide and kill all colonizers.”
“I think it’s a very symbolic action that makes sense given how controversial of a figure Columbus is” said tourist, Elly Oltersdorf and added, “To Native Americans he represents a lot of violence and the genocide towards their people.”
Sara Golfieri arrived from Italy two days ago. She views the vandalized statute as a disrespect to the Italian navigator.
“Very important and he’s a national hero in Italy because he discovered America,” said Golfieri.
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