BREAKING: Chicago removes Columbus statue from Grant Park in dead of night

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.

WATCH:

BREAKING: The Columbus statue is indeed coming down in Grant Park. Crews are on the scene and rope is on the statue.

The crane has showed up to take down the Columbus statue here in the #SouthLoop #Chicago

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.