Columbus Day Protests

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Columbus Day is celebrated in America Monday. And the two view points surrounding the controversial holiday clashed in Pueblo.

Pueblo's Italian community has been celebrating Columbus Day for well over 100 years. Monday morning they continued that tradition at the Columbus statue near the new library.

Before the ceremonies began, a drum beat could be heard in the distance. Chanting protestors codemn Columbus as a killer who brought death to the native people. Police officers on horseback and on foot kept protesters behind the barricades. The Police Chief says they're just making sure they can keep the peace.

Overnight, someone tagged the state of Columbus with grafitti. Cardboard covers the word killer that was spray painted on the statue. But in spite of everything the celebration of Italian American heritage goes on.

Protestors say their goal is to have the Columbus holiday abolished.