Christopher Columbus statue vandalized in London

Debate has increased in recent years over the focus of the day, and the heritage and plight of indigenous peoples subjugated by European settlers. It coincides with similar controversies regarding statues and colonial-era symbols in the United States, Britain, and several other countries.

A number of American cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Portland, Oregon, have replaced Columbus Day with - or added - a holiday honoring indigenous people.

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