ST. PAUL (AP) -- Protesters in Minnesota have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd.

The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its stone pedestal.

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The protesters, including Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, said they consider Columbus a symbol of genocide against Native Americans. They said they had tried many times to remove it through the political process, but without success.

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State Patrol trooper who provide security in the Capitol complex stood by at a distance but did not try to stop the protesters, who celebrated afterward with Native American singing and drumming.

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