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Activists have long said a Santa Fe monument celebrated the killings of Native Americans. Crowds toppled it this week

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least two people were arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Monday after a crowd toppled a monument that Native American community members have long called on to be removed.

(CNN)At least two people were arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Monday after a crowd toppled a monument that Native American community members have long called on to be removed.

Demonstrations around the monument -- an obelisk found in the middle of the city's Plaza Park that activists say celebrated the killings of Native Americans -- began Saturday, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said, when protesters chained themselves on the obelisk.

A crowd swarmed the plaza Monday while city council members held an emergency meeting, the mayor said, and began tearing down the fence surrounding the monument before destroying the obelisk.

Webber condemned Monday's violence and said it was "not only a violation of the law, it is a violation of the ties between people in our community. "

There is no place for people destroying historic monuments on their own," Webber said.

That was in June, when Webber said he would create a commission to review different monuments in the city and evaluate whether "they cause pain" and "tell an honest version of history," he said.

"There is absolutely no place for these symbols that glorify the mass killing of our people," Vallo said in a June statement.

Following the statue's destruction on Monday, city officials said in a statement there were "a variety of legal issues under review" by the city attorney's office related to the obelisk.

There is also work going on to review different approaches to a task force or working group that can undertake a community-wide discussion around statues and monuments, histories and cultures," the release said.

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