Christopher Columbus statue in Houston vandalized 3 times in 1 week

Posted at 6:11 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 07:11:29-04

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK/CNN) — For the third time in a week, the statue of Christopher Columbus has been vandalized.

The statue, which is located in Bell Park along Montrose Boulevard, was splattered with tomato sauce.

It was commissioned by the Italian American Organizations of Greater Houston Inc. and donated in 1992.

Last Thursday, vandals splashed red paint all over the status, while attaching a cardboard sign with the message, "Rip the head from your oppressor."

By Friday, one of the hands was chopped off.

Critics have said Columbus should not be viewed as someone who 'discovered' America, but as a foreign conqueror who enslaved natives.