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Regain Control of Your Own Streets: Maryland Governor to Baltimore City Leaders

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday urged Baltimore city leaders to regain control of their own streets after rioters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in the city over the weekend.

“While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums or storage through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property and completely unacceptable,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement.

“This is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics,” he added. “Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer.”

Today I issued the following statement on events in Baltimore City. City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer. pic.twitter.com/lnCAxjKvAG

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) July 5, 2020

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young didnt immediately respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.

Lester Davis, a spokesperson for Young, pushed aside Hogans criticism, saying it is “not productive and not helpful” in a statement obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

Violent demonstrators used ropes to topple the Christopher Columbus monument on Saturday night near the Little Italy neighborhood before throwing it in the citys Inner Harbor. The statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and former President Ronald Reagan.

Davis told The Sun the toppling of the statue is a part of a national and global reexamination over monuments “that may represent different things to different people.”

“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” he said.

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A statue of Christopher Columbus is lifted onto the back of a truck as people sing and celebrate at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on June 10, 2020. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Rioters have taken advantage of protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day, and have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures, and others.

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