WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in Massachusetts has been splashed with red paint and defaced with the word “genocide.”
Police said surveillance video showed two men vandalizing the monument at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and running away. Officers recovered a bucket of red paint, a bag and spray paint from the scene.
City workers started cleaning the statue later in the morning.
No arrests were announced. It was the second time this month that a statue of the Italian explorer in the state has been vandalized amid nationwide racial injustice protests.