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Columbus statue removed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has removed a bust of explorer Christopher Columbus from a prominent downtown spot after 110 years.

The bust has been placed in storage until its future can be determined, Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Monday.

The move comes as cities the world over protect or remove statues and public monuments that celebrate people linked to the subjugation of minorities.

“I’ve been bothered for a while by the fact that the statue is occupying such a place of prominence next to City Hall,” Duggan said. “But when I looked at some of the violence around the country, in particular, you’ve got people with arms gathering around a Columbus statue in Philadelphia arguing with people.”

A group of people, some carrying guns and baseball bats, spent the weekend around the statue in South Philadelphia saying they intended to protect it from vandals.