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Columbus Statue in New York Requires Around-the-Clock Protection

Anti-Columbus activists are so unhinged that the NYPD has to protect a statue of the heroic explorer 24/7.

A statue of Christopher Columbus requires around-the-clock police protection as America celebrates Columbus Day Monday, according to a report from Newsweek.

The New York Police Department has added the monument to its list of famous landmarks that it constantly guards. The NYPD offers similar protection to places like the Brooklyn Bridge and the United Nations, but the addition of the Columbus statue is a new phenomenon.

Recent controversies over statues honoring American heritage have popped up in parallel to outrage over monuments of Confederate generals, and Columbus has become a favorite target of the left.

Newsweek wrote that NYPD officers constantly guard the landmark from attack:

The NYPD declined to comment on threats to the statue but cited recent efforts to deface the Columbus monument. The monument of the Italian explorer was vandalized twice in September—once with pink nail polish, and once with red paint.

“In light of recent vandalism, the NYPD has assigned patrol resources to maintain a post in the vicinity of the Columbus Statue,” the NYPD said in a statement.

A Newsweek reporter visited the Columbus Circle site on Friday and confirmed that at least one officer was indeed guarding a statue.

A bust of Christopher Columbus was beheaded in August in New York, in addition to the vandalism of the statue in Columbus circle.

Anti-Columbus activists argue that celebration of the explorer, whose discovery of America led to permanent European settlement of the western hemisphere, disrespects the memory of Native Americans. As a result, many American municipalities have surrendered to the left’s demands, changing the name of the holiday to “Indigenous Peoples Day.”