Christopher Columbus statue vandalized in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo.– The Columbus statue in downtown Pueblo has been vandalized, according to Pueblo Police.

Pueblo Police tweeted photos on Sunday morning of the statue, which appeared to be covered in red paint.

Firefighters are working to wash off the paint.

Mayor Gradisar issued the following statement to FOX21 on Sunday:

In Pueblo, we work through our solutions peacefully so it is unfortunate the Columbus statue was vandalized last night. I remain committed to do the hard work of allowing both sides, to work through mediation, to reach an agreement. In terms of the the statue itself, it appears there was no permanent damage to the statue.

Mayor Nicholas Gradisar, Pueblo

In August, City Council voted unanimously against putting the question of the statue on the November ballot for Pueblo voters.

The debate comes after recent protests over the statue, which sits in Pueblo’s Mesa Junction neighborhood.

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