Say NO to Columbus Statue in Puerto Rico // Dile NO a la Estatua de Colón en Puerto Rico

Roberto Borrero
Roberto Borrero New York, New York 566 Comments
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Businessman Jose Gonzalez Freire and the town of Arecibo in Puerto Rico are planning to erect a 295 ft statue of Christopher Columbus by 2015. For Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas, Columbus is a symbol of Genocide, not a hero to be celebrated. We call on Jose Gonzalez Freire, Arecibo Mayor Carlos Molina, and Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla to abandon this project. // El empresario José González Freire y el municipio de Arecibo en PuertoRico, planifican erigir para el 2015, una estatua de Cristóbal Colón de 295 pies. Para los Pueblos Indígenas de Las Américas, Colón es un símbolo de Genocidio, no un héroe que ha de celebrarse. Hacemos un llamado a José González Freire, Carlos Molina (Alcalde de Arecibo), y al Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla para que abandonen este proyecto.



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April 30
Giant Statue Of Christopher Columbus In The Works For Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico is working discretely on the installation of a monumental likeness of Christopher Columbus that will stand as high as the Statue of Liberty. The enclave selected for the historic project is the municipality of Arecibo, on the island's northern coast. The statue - which is 90 meters (295 feet) high, weighs 600 tons and was crafted by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli - will be erected on one of the beaches there. Businessman Jose Gonzalez Freire, the owner of the land, has taken the reins of the project with which he intends to attract one million visitors a year to the site, which possesses great natural beauty but is far removed from the island's normal tourist areas. The start of the phase in which the pieces of the statue - constructed of bronze in 1991 - will be assembled, which has not received any publicity to date, brings to an end the statue's years of moving all around the territory of Puerto Rico searching for a suitable site. Tsereteli tried to erect it a year after its construction in the continental United States, but authorities there refused to give permission, and eventually the city authorities at Cataño, near San Juan, accepted it, although the lack of funds and public support resulted in its going to Mayagüez, in the extreme western part of the island. The idea was to raise the monument there simultaneously with the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games held there, but that did not come off as planned. Finally, Gonzalez Freire told Efe, he reached an agreement with Tsereteli, who paid for part of the millions of dollars the project has cost, an effort that has brought a team of 30 Russians to the island to work on erecting it. "It will be the largest monument in the American hemisphere," said Gonzalez Freire, who is convinced that the statue will spur tourist development along that part of Puerto Rico's northern coast. He has promised that "the statue will be raised in the summer of 2015." The architect charged with setting up the statue is Roberto Alcina, who told Efe that the process is as complex as building a 30-story building. Alcina emphasized that it is hard to imagine the size of the statue, but as a reference point one must think that it will substantially exceed in size the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. The architect says that the octogenarian Tsereteli this year will travel to Puerto Rico to supervise the installation and one of his grandchildren has been coming to the island frequently to follow the work firsthand. Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2014/04/03/giant-statue-of-christopher-columbus-in-the-works-in-puerto-rico/
April 30
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  • Marvin Santiago
    Marvin Santiago United States, Reading
    Aug 14, 2017
    Aug 14, 2017
    This guy rape murder and pillage our people we should have never honor him for doing that to us
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul 25, 2017
    Jul 25, 2017
    I am insulted that this atrocity would even be in consideration. As a Taino myself I am appalled that a statue of the man that massacred my people and stole their land would be a statue. Heck no. I do not approve and I sign this petition against such statue. What an insult and slap in our faces.
  • William F Soto
    William F Soto United States, Jamaica
    Jul 14, 2017
    Jul 14, 2017
    Destroy all mention of that genocidal bastard!
  • William Acevedo
    William Acevedo United States, Berlin
    May 24, 2017
    May 24, 2017
    no statue not of him
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