A man has been shot and wounded in the US state of New Mexico after violence erupted over a statue of the 16th-Century Spanish colonists.
It is when a second man opened fire after having been transformed by the protestors outside of the Albuquerque Museum, local reports say.
The protesters were confronted by a group of armed men as they tried to pull the statue down.
It comes to the sensitive environments on the monuments related to colonialism.
A number have been pulled down in the united states and other countries in the wake of the death in custody of George Floyd’s last month.
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According to the Albuquerque Journal, clashes erupted when protesters took a pick-axe to the statue of Juan de Oñate – part of a monument depicting Oñate-leader of the settlers in what was then a province of New Spain – after a peaceful demonstration on Monday evening.
The paper said that the man was pushed to the ground and started to turn when protesters moved toward him, ” some threatening him “.
It is said that the person who was shot appears to have been one of those who are trying to get to the man. The shooting sent people running for cover.
Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos officials at the scene fired tear gas and stun grenades that the detention of a number of people.
Later, the Police said in a press release that a man arrested in connection with the shooting, 31-year-old Stephen Ray Baca, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The injured man was transported to the hospital and was later said to be in a critical but stable condition.
Mr. Baca is a former candidate for the Albuquerque City Council and the son of a former sheriff of the County of Bernalillo, according to the Associated Press news agency.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, he ran for office in 2019 on the platform that local officials were ” complete wimps when it comes to the fight against crime “.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller described the shooting as ” a tragic, outrageous and unacceptable act of violence “, adding that the sculpture has become an ” urgent matter of public safety “.
“In order to contain the public risk for the security, the City will be removing the statue until the appropriate civic institutions can determine the next steps,” the mayor also tweeted.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said that all those who are involved in violence investigation and held accountable ” to the fullest extent of the law “.
These days, statues of the place of the Confederation of the heads of the slaveholding states of the south who fought in the American Civil War of 1861-65 – and the explorer Christopher Columbus, have been demolished in the united states, the increased pressure on the authorities to remove the controversial monuments.
Oñate led a group of Spanish settlers – historically known as conquistadors in 1598. He became the local governor and is known for the massacre of a village or a Native American tribe.