After protests and chaotic clashes with activists trying to take it down, the Columbus statue in grant park has been removed in the dead of night.
CHICAGO, YOU DID IT!
THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE IN GRANT PARK IS GONE!
LORI LIGHTFOOT FELT YOUR FUCKING HEAT AND REMOVED THE STATUE AT 3 AM IN A FEABLE ATTEMPT TO SAVE HER REPUTATION.
— Chicago Commune (@chicago_commune) July 24, 2020
BREAKING: The Columbus statue is indeed coming down in Grant Park. Crews are on the scene and rope is on the statue.
BREAKING: The Columbus statue is indeed coming down in Grant Park. Crews are on the scene and rope is on the statue. pic.twitter.com/3hetyojA1g
— WBBM Newsradio (@WBBMNewsradio) July 24, 2020
— CapturedNews Shooter (@CNshooter) July 24, 2020
Per Fox News, where the statue would be stored – and whether it will return anytime soon – wasn’t immediately known.
Last Friday multiple police officers were injured and several arrests were made during a tense protest in which demonstrators tried to pull down the statue, FOX 32 in Chicago reported.
On Thursday, reports said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot planned to have the statue — as well as another Columbus statue in Little Italy – removed as early as Thursday night.