Chicago Christopher Columbus Statue Removed Under Cover of Night

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The city of Chicago promptly and quietly removed an iconic Christopher Columbus statue from Grant Park on Friday morning, utilizing the cover of dark to remove it from its place at 3AM.

The Columbus statue had been targeted in a mob assault by rioters last week, with a group of leftists throwing a hail of projectiles at police officers on site to defend them statue from a plan to tear it down.


Representatives of the local Italian American community blasted the mayor for caving to the demands of the rioters, pointing out that the piece of history is being erased totally arbitrarily and without democratic oversight.

“The Italian American community feels betrayed,” said Pasquale Gianni of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. “The Mayor’s Office is giving into a vocal and destructive minority. This is not how the Democratic process is supposed to work.” The historic statue was created in 1933 by Italian sculptor Carlo Brioschi. It’s reportedly being placed into city storage under the guise of public safety.

In a historical twist, the city of Chicago rose to global prominence through its celebration of the 1893 World Fair, which the city titled the “World Columbian Exposition” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas.

 

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