Christopher Columbus statue vandalised in Central Park as debate about Confederate monuments continues

Police were on Wednesday trying to track down vandals who defaced a statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park, covering the bronze’s hands in red paint and scrawling on the plinth: “Something’s coming”.

Columbus’s statues in New York are at the centre of a heated debate over the appropriate way to mark the country’s history, following the fatal riots last month sparked by the decision to remove a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, said that the city would review its own monuments to assess whether they were appropriate, while President Donald Trump in turn asked whether removing Confederate monuments would lead to the eventual hiding of statues of slave-owning Founding Fathers, such as George Washington.

The 125-year-old bronze statue in Central Park was on Wednesday partially covered in a cloth as park employees scrubbed the image clean.

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