Conquistador Statue Removed in Albuquerque After Protester Shot During Demonstration

A statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate was removed from its pedestal in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, after a man was shot during anti-racism demonstrations.

Following the incident, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced the statue would be removed due to the public safety risk.

A petition calling for the removal of the statue gained almost 3,000 signatures. The removal was requested due to Oñate’s treatment of New Mexico’s Native Americans in the 17th century.

Video shows the statue being removed with a police escort. Credit: Ryan Begay via Storyful