Statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park vandalized

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on Sept. 12 2017

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on Sept. 12 2017

A Christopher Columbus statue in New York's Central Park was vandalized early Tuesday morning with an eerie warning, "something's coming".

"A paper sign stuck to the statue read "save your soul" and "#somethingscoming".

Central Park workers hurried to clean up the graffiti. However, one worker was overheard to say the red paint on the explorer's hands would be quite hard to remove.

Columbus is one of many historical figures under fire after a deadly protest in Charlottesville, sparked by white supremacists rallying in the city to protest Confederate monuments.

Last month, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the statue was being reviewed for removal because of Columbus's controversial history with indigenous people. She had also encouraged that the statue which has recently been defaced also be considered for taking down.

A worker cleans up the vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus on Sept. 12 2017
A worker cleans up the vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus on Sept. 12 2017

The Christopher Columbus statue is located near East 66th Street at the southern end of the mall walkway. Lois Hammett, a visitor from Tennessee, deemed the #Vandalism to be "disgraceful".

"It bothers me to see [the graffiti]. It's not positive, it's destructive".

The vandalism, targeting the Columbus statue near 65th St Transverse and Center Drive, is just the latest targeting monuments depicting the Italian explorer.

A man told the news service that there are good parts about the monuments and also bad parts.

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