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Protesters clash as Columbus statue is removed in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven has been removed after protesters clashed in brief skirmishes. Opponents and supporters of the 1892 statue gathered Wednesday morning in Wooster Square Park. There was shouting and shoving. Two protesters got into a fist fight. One arrest was reported. Columbus supporters called the statue an important symbol of Italian American heritage, while opponents condemned Columbus as a white supremacist who touched off centuries of European oppression and the decimation of Indigenous peoples. City officials voted last week to take down the statue amid calls by local residents and similar statue removals across the country.


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