The man was injured in a shooting that began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during a protest rally.
“Albuquerque police are investigating the shooting incident <…>. The shooting started during the protest. One man was gunshot wounded and taken [to the hospital],” the text says.
It is noted that the victim is in critical but stable condition. Police detained several protesters who were likely involved in the incident and who had firearms with them.
According to The New York Times, the rally during which the shooting began was connected with the monument to the Spanish conquistador Juan de Onyat (1550-1626). Protesters demanded to demolish the monument.
Another wave of struggle with monuments to politicians of the past began in the United States amid mass protests against racism and police brutality over the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis (Minnesota). The police used a stifling choke during his detention on May 25. Floyd died after that in the hospital. All four law enforcement officials involved in the operation were dismissed and charged.
Protests often grew into riots and robberies. In some cases, vandals spoiled the monuments erected in honor of leaders of the Confederation, which united the states of the slave-owning South during the American Civil War (1861-1865). In addition, several monuments to the explorer Christopher Columbus were demolished.