Providence should punish vandalism

Nov 28, 2019 799

Instead of rewarding or surrendering to vandalism, the City of Providence ought to be prosecuting it. Unfortunately, Mayor Jorge Elorza has adopted a weak response to the repeated defacement of an 1893 statue of Christopher Columbus, by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, at Elmwood and Reservoir avenues.

Only last month, on the eve of Columbus Day, someone splashed red paint on the historic statue and propped up a sign against it that read, “Stop Celebrating Genocide.” Then, this week, it was splashed with red paint again. You would think — given that the statue has been damaged multiple times — the city would set up a security camera (as banks and convenience stores do) to capture images of those breaking the law. 

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