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Columbus Day brings celebrators and protesters to downtown Pueblo

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The annual Columbus Day celebration was held in downtown Pueblo on Monday.

It’s brought protesters in the past and it was no different this year.

The celebration has been going on for more than 100 years, ever since the statue of Christopher Columbus was built.

Those celebrating say the day is about paying respect to their Italian heritage and their ancestors who came to America from Italy.

However for protesters, many who are indigenous people, it’s a day of resistance. They want the statue gone and for Columbus Day to be abolished.

Lacey Stephenson, a supporter of Columbus Day, said, "This represents all of it. We're proud of our heritage. We're proud to be Italians and we're proud of our dad for keeping this tradition alive.”

Protester Mia Stevens said, "It's honestly historical trauma to know exactly what that man did to my ancestors. He raped them. He murdered them. He killed them. He's not any hero of mine."

The Anti-Columbus Day Demonstration has been going on for more than 20 years. Protesters say they will keep it going and fight for change.

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