George Floyd protests: Man shot in clash over Albuquerque statue
The man was shot after vigilantes and demonstrators clashed
A man was shot and wounded in New Mexico State after violence broke out over a 16th-century statue of a Spanish colonist.
It happened when a second man opened fire after being attacked by demonstrators outside the Albuquerque Museum.
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The demonstrators were faced with a group of armed men when they tried to tear down the statue.
It comes in the midst of heightened sensitivity to monuments associated with colonialism.
A number of people were torn down following the death of African American George Floyd last month in the United States and other countries.
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According to the Albuquerque Journal, clashes occurred after a peaceful demonstration on Monday evening when demonstrators took a pickaxe to the statue of Juan de Oñate - part of a monument that shows Oñate how settlers were led to what was then the province of New Spain.
The newspaper says a man was knocked to the ground and started shooting when demonstrators approached him, "some threatened him."
It is said that the person who was shot seemed to be one of the people trying to get at the man. The shootout made people run for cover.
Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said police officers fired tear gas and stunned grenades when they arrested a number of people.
The wounded was taken to the hospital, but his condition was not immediately known, said Mr. Gallegos.
In recent days, statues of Confederate leaders - from a group of southern states that fought to keep black people as slaves in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 - and the explorer Christopher Columbus were demolished in the United States as the pressure increased Authorities remove controversial monuments.
In 1598, Oñate led a group of Spanish settlers who were historically known as conquistadors. He became a local governor and is known for the massacre of a Pueblo or Indian tribe.
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