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Man shot, arrest made in New Mexico protest over Spanish conqueror's statue


Protesters attach a chain to a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday. One man was shot during an exchange between protesters and armed members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group trying to protect the monument. (Anthony Jackson/The Albuquerque Journal/The Associated Press)

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting that happened as protesters in New Mexico's largest city tried to tear down a bronze statue of a Spanish conquistador outside the Albuquerque Museum, police said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred near a confrontation on Monday night between protesters and a group of armed men trying to protect the statue of Juan de Oñate, before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting, "Tear it down!" One protester repeatedly swung a pickaxe at the base of the statue.

Moments later, gunshots rang out down the street and people yelled that someone had been shot.


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