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Thursday, October 11, 2007

83 arrested on US Columbus Day

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 14:54:53

US Police have cracked down on Columbus Day Parade protesters and arrested 83 including university professor Glenn Morris.

Glenn Morris is an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado.

The protestors carried dismembered baby dolls covered with fake blood to protest the killing of Indians by the European newcomers.

Columbus Day is a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the October 12, 1492, the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. Americans celebrate the event since 1934 as a national holiday.

The Indians, who consider themselves the first settlers of the continent, have organized rallies in protest to the national holiday. Denver's parade, which was started in 1907, has a troubled history of arrests and confrontations between Columbus supporters and detractors. Protesters have called him a slave trader who touched off centuries of genocide and oppression against native people.

American Indian Movement activist Russell Means was also among those arrested in this year's rallies.

Talking to the daily Le Monde, a 78-year-old Indian exclaimed how it was possible to discover a land which had already been inhabited by Indians since 12,000 years ago. When Columbus claimed he had discovered the continent, 80 million Indians already lived there.

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