In November, TPD charged an Indigenous man with criminal mischief with less than $200 in damage after he attended a protest against Tampa’s Christopher Columbus statue on Oct. 15. At that protest, fake blood made of water and food coloring was thrown on the Columbus statue by several protestors.
Shortly after CL reported about the charges against one of the men, another was charged with the same crime.
The protest in October occurred because Columbus represents pedophilia, slavery, rape and genocide for Indigenous people. For 33 years, several Indigenous groups have demanded that Tampa's statue be removed, to no avail. Now, the group will continue their push for its removal, while also demanding that the state attorney drop the charges against the men.
On Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. the Florida Indigenous Alliance and supporters will gather at the Courthouse Annex located at 401 N Jefferson St. in downtown Tampa.
The group also noted that on Thanksgiving, which is known to Indigenous people as
"The Day of Mourning" TPD had about a dozen officers in tactical gear while barricading off and fencing the entirety of Columbus Statue Park to prevent FIA, Florida AIM and allies from entering the park in order to pray.
"This egregious and hostile support of celebrating the genocide of Indigenous peoples is unacceptable," FIA wrote.