|Above, the statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate. Wikipedia photo.|
The following story from Fox News was inevitable.
A man was shot Monday after gunfire erupted at a demonstration in New Mexico, where protesters attempted to topple a bronze conquistador's statue outside an Albuquerque museum, authorities said.
The man was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
“The shooting tonight was a tragic, outrageous and unacceptable act of violence and it has no place in our city,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement.
The shooting occurred during a clash between protesters and the New Mexico Civil Guard, a heavily armed civilian group that attempted to protect the controversial sculpture — a monument that features Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Protesters reportedly wrapped a chain around the statue and started tugging on it amid chants of “Tear it down.” At least one person swung a pickaxe at the statue of New Mexico’s 16th-century colonial governor.
Gunshots could be heard down the street just moments later, with several people yelling, "Somebody got shot," according to the Journal. About five shots were fired by a single gunman after protesters started advancing on him, the paper reported.
Police used chemical irritants and flashbangs to protect officers and detain those involved in the shooting, Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said. Officers were seen taking five or six men dressed in military fatigues into custody.What the hell did Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller expect when they (and others around the country) allow "protesters" run wild vandalizing public and private property for weeks? People are getting fed up over the anarchy that has been going on in the streets of major cities.
These leftist mobs have been using tactics of ISIS and communists in vandalizing and tearing down statues and monuments to destroy this country's history. Many people have had enough. So it comes at no surprise that somebody got shot. I am not condoning it, but I saw this coming.
The only way to stop violent acts is for government officials, at all levels, to impose law & order. Liberals who control these cities have been sitting on their hands, some even encouraging these acts by "protesters".
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One other thing. Mike Harris posted the following at the New Mexico Civil Guard's Facebook page about the shooting:
I have posted the following on 36 different pages in NM, and across the nation, In attempt to turn the bad intel into an Public publicity Stunt from our Governor. Sorry I can't do more at this point but try and curb public opinion. PLEASE SHARE...
Don't let Governor Grisham lie to you about the shooting in Albuquerque tonight.. The NMCG were not even near the shooting when it started, but it appears the man in blue was attacked multiple times, By "Peaceful Protesters," starting at 4 seconds in the video and then pulled a pistol to defend himself at 42 seconds..It looks like a strong case of self-defense to me.