The mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tim Keller, said that the monument to the Spanish conquistador Juan de Onyat (1550-1626), which provoked protests in which one person was gunshot wounded, will be demolished.
“Shooting last night (the night of June 16 – approx. TASS) in the historic city near the statue of Onyat became a terrifying and unacceptable act of violence,” Keller quoted the CNN press conference as saying. “Last night, the sculpture became more than a symbol, it has become a threat to public safety, it will be dismantled today (June 16 – approx. TASS). “
According to the newspaper The New York Times, the protest rally in Albuquerque, during which the shooting began, was associated with a monument to the Spanish conquistador Juan de Onyat. Protesters demanded to demolish the monument. Albuquerque police reported that the victim of the shooting is in critical but stable condition. Police detained several protesters who were probably involved in the incident and who had firearms with them.