One person arrested at Christopher Columbus statue protest in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo.,– One person was arrested as protests continued at the Christopher Columbus statue in Pueblo on Abriendo Ave on Sunday.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in favor of removing the statue, along with counter-protesters.

A sergeant on scene told FOX21 crews that one arrest was made. It was later released by officials that the man was 42-year-old Paul Vicente Romero of Pueblo. Officials said Romero started on one side of the protest and walked around to the other. Officials said he was arrested on the anti-statue side. When police asked who he was with police said he stated he was with both groups. He was cited and released.

A bomb squad vehicle was spotted at the event but officials tell FOX21 there is no bomb threat. The bomb squad vehicle also serves as the command unit for the police in Pueblo.

An organizer of the protest told FOX21 they would continue the weekly demonstration until the statue is taken down.

At the protest on July 5, one person was arrested and multiple citations being issued.

Pueblo Mayor Nicholas Gradisar recently spoke with FOX21 about the statue.

“We’re not gonna solve it on the streets or violence, were gonna solve it by having discussions and I’m trying to do that with both sides,” said Gradisar.

Both groups stated they will be there this coming Sunday around noon.

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