Protesters threaten to topple Columbus statue in Grant Park


Protesters threaten to topple Columbus statue in Grant Park
Chicago police stand by the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park after protestors tried to bring it down Friday.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Protestors surrounded the Christopher Columbus state in Grant Park Friday night and attempted to bring it down, according to multiple media reports.

The crowd gathered earlier in the evening at Buckingham Fountain and marched toward the statue, WGN reported. As they stood guard, officers were reportedly hit by fireworks and other items.

A video shared on Twitter by CBS reporter Marissa Parra appeared to show protestors pulling on a rope wrapped around the statue.

Protesters are currently trying to pull down the Columbus statue in Grant Park @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/DAGcrsYzvD

— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 18, 2020

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