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California protesters arrested after allegedly climbing on Columbus statue they say hails genocide

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techbeck    6,908

Authorities arrested over a dozen protesters on Tuesday demanding the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus from the rotunda at California’s capital they said is “hailing genocide.”


"During the protest, several members from the group encircled the statue located in the capitol rotunda and began to act in an unlawful manner by attempting to climb on the statue in an effort to hang banners and flags," the California Highway Patrol press release said.


Thirteen demonstrators, part of a group calling themselves the California Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, were granted a permit to protest near the Capitol, the Sacramento Bee reported.


But the group, which says on its website that it takes peaceful action to promote awareness of a variety of issues such as systemic racism, wasn’t allowed to take their demonstration in the Capitol, prompting the authorities to react.






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