Protesters in New Mexico pulled down a Civil War-era obelisk in a demonstration where witnesses claim police left before the structure collapsed. The obelisk was known as Soldiers Monument and had been built to honor Civil War-era soldiers.
The demonstration took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Videos from the event show approximately 40-50 protesters cheering as others pulled on ropes and straps. Working together, they pulled down an obelisk erected in 1866 in the plaza square. The video does not appear to show any interference from law enforcement as the group toppled the statue.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that protesters had been demonstrating at the plaza since Saturday with tensions escalating on Monday. According to the publication, police officers arrested two protesters at the plaza earlier in the day but then retreated prior to the group moving to topple the statue. The local newspaper quotes some