Houston’s oft-vandalized Columbus statue has hand lopped off


In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, photo traffic moves along Interstate 10 near downtown Houston. Like in other cities, the coronavirus has shut down much of Houston’s economic activity, slashing thousands of jobs, while at the same time, the price of oil plunged below zero recently as demand plummeted due to the worldwide lockdown to stop the spread of the virus. This one-two punch from COVID-19 and the collapse in oil prices will make it much harder for Houston to recover from a looming recession, according to economists. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — The left hand has been lopped off a 7-foot statue of Christopher Columbus that’s been a repeated target of vandals in a Houston park.

The vandalism was discovered Thursday night in Houston’s Bell Park. Besides the severed hand, a noose was left around the statue in what was the second attack on it in as many nights.

Red paint was found splashed on the statue Wednesday night.

A cardboard sign was left behind saying, “Rip the hand from your oppressor.”

Columbus is regarded recently as the origin of European enslavement of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

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