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Mark Stahl

All this vicious outrage and meanwhile a 74 year old narcissist is trashing 250 years of history and democratic tradition and barely a peep.

Katherine Martinez

Mark, hardly a relevant analogy Your 78 y/o candidate has won, God help us all. Criminal destruction of property in our own city is another matter all together and those guilty should be brought to justice. If Trump if found guilty of any crimes, I would also support the same.

Mark Stahl

If they are found guilty of the monument’s destruction, they should replace it. Trust in our democratic system will be much harder to restore. Trump may have committed financial and campaign crimes. I don’t know. I do know that his persistent trashing of our long held democratic process with false claims and lies is a lot more damaging than knocking over a statue. And I doubt he’ll be held accountable.

Khal Spencer

Hardly a peep? From The Guardian: "President-elect currently has 79,823,827 votes as he continues to rack up the highest number of votes in US history

I think the American people did more than peep. They voted in record breaking numbers.

What tRump did was definitely more harmful to society given his reach of power and ability to destroy trust. But if trashing monuments isn't destroying trust on a local level, I'd be surprised. This was a foolish way to "solve" the statue problem.

Whether trashing our institutions or our monuments, its going the wrong way down a one way street.

Katherine Martinez

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Joe Fuentes

Stephen what if this was your gallery that got torn down I bet you wouldn’t ask the police to stand down? Talk about something we don’t need in Santa Fe your gallery!

Katherine Martinez

What a foolish old man with white guilt written all over him. His white, gallery owner privilege will undoubtedly get him out of any real trouble he finds himself in. This is all for show, no real punishment to see here.

Lee Vigil

The mayor should resign. I like him personally, but he's out of his depth and he's caused more harm than good. Words matter. I think there's more to his conversations with Carrie Wood and the 3SC. I hope this newspaper's able to acquire more of their interactions.

David Romero

He didn't want to grab the rope, but he grabbed it anyway? What a flake.

Stephen Fox

Your comment is completely misconstrued and misses the vital points entirely.

Samuel Herrera

Arrest the Mayor as a co-conspirator

Stephen Fox

This has all been really interesting. When I contacted the Santa Fe New Mexican to report to them William Henry Gates III's Patent Number from Her Majesty's Patent Office in London, which is WO 2016 012793 A1, no one wanted to publish this news. When I wanted to use that information in a classified ad under Estate Sales, as an addendum, the Advertising Director told me it has to be run as a Display Ad, just to get the truth out about the prime person causing this PLANDEMIC.

Here are two articles: Was a Coronavirus Strain Patented in 2015-2016 by a Bill Gates company? Here is the 69-page PDF

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Was-a-Coronavirus-Strain-P-by-Stephen-Fox-Bill-And-Melinda-Gates_Corona-Virus-Patent-Holders_Coronavirus_Patents-Trademarks-Copyrights-200324-195.html

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International Court of Justice Filing Regarding Gates' Coronavirus Patent Number

https://www.opednews.com/articles/International-Court-of-Jus-by-Stephen-Fox-Botswana_Cameroon-Constitution_Cameroon-Strikes_Equatorial-Guinea-200805-646.html

https://www.opednews.com/articles/International-Court-of-Jus-by-Stephen-Fox-Botswana_Cameroon-Constitution_Cameroon-Strikes_Equatorial-Guinea-200805-646.html

Stephen Fox

https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2020/11/20/the-sixth-charged/

Downtown gallery owner Stephen Fox is the latest person to be charged with three crimes related to his alleged involvement in the destruction of the obelisk on Indigenous Peoples Day.

Fox faces charges of criminal damage to property (over $1,000), conspiracy to commit criminal damage and unlawful assembly, according to an announcement Friday from the Santa Fe Police Department sent to the media.

Fox admits he was on the Plaza that day and helped the dozens of other people pull on the towrope that eventually partially toppled the monument, but the 72-year-old says he did not know about the charges until SFR called him. The speeches made by Indigenous activists that day particularly moved him, he says.

"I don't need a lawyer because it all comes from the fact that [Mayor Alan Webber] said that it was time for this obelisk to go," Fox tells SFR. "Once it was clear the mayor wanted the obelisk to go, I felt no trepidation when someone handed me the rope. And I have a long range goal to help create a United Nations branch in Santa Fe and to me, taking the obelisk down was perfectly consistent with UN values."

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Downtown gallery owner Stephen Fox is the latest person to be charged with three crimes related to his alleged involvement in the destruction of the obelisk on Indigenous Peoples Day.

Fox faces charges of criminal damage to property (over $1,000), conspiracy to commit criminal damage and unlawful assembly, according to an announcement Friday from the Santa Fe Police Department sent to the media.

Fox admits he was on the Plaza that day and helped the dozens of other people pull on the towrope that eventually partially toppled the monument, but the 72-year-old says he did not know about the charges until SFR called him. The speeches made by Indigenous activists that day particularly moved him, he says.

"I don't need a lawyer because it all comes from the fact that [Mayor Alan Webber] said that it was time for this obelisk to go," Fox tells SFR. "Once it was clear the mayor wanted the obelisk to go, I felt no trepidation when someone handed me the rope. And I have a long range goal to help create a United Nations branch in Santa Fe and to me, taking the obelisk down was perfectly consistent with UN values."

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Fox says he went to the Plaza, just a few blocks from his New Millennium Fine Art Gallery, the night before Indigenous Peoples Day, and was alarmed by the police presence. He likened it to the Middle East.

"The activists were clinging to the obelisk, terrified, and about 30 policemen were there as a show of strength, I suppose, to defend this monument, with an ambulance and two firetrucks," Fox says. "I called the mayor and I said, 'Mayor Webber, this is not you. This is not Santa Fe. This cannot be.'…I know he got my message, which was that Santa Fe is not Iraq, Santa Fe is not Afghanistan. It was the most oppressive display of police presence in the 51 years that I have lived in Santa Fe."

Khal Spencer

""Once it was clear the mayor wanted the obelisk to go, I felt no trepidation when someone handed me the rope."

Wow. Implicating the Mayor in a conspiracy to destroy a soldier's monument illegal under 18 U.S. Code § 1369? That's brazen.

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Khal Spencer

Reason I say that is I am surprised a gallery owner would want to destroy public pieces. It wasn't that long ago that Andres Serrano's P i s s Christ was vandalized, and in another example of pressure, the Corcoran cancelled a Mapplethorpe exhibit. Imagine if self-righteous people had trashed Mapplethorpe's work.

What goes around comes around and when you justify violence and repression of ideas in the name of political movements, so can others. The future of the obelisk should have been on the table but the crew who destroyed it deserve a long vacation in the Greybar Hotel at our expense.

Lee Vigil

Anybody else offended by the use of the word 'protesters' to describe these people? Big difference between protesters and vandals?

Khal Spencer

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Mike Johnson

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] They are common criminals.

Emily Koyama

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Maria Bautista

They are protected, did they actually get arrested, fingerprinted, body searched and sprayed down? How did they plead? Alan Webber started an unnecessary problem, that will impact Santa Fe forever.

Mark Blackburn

Vandals and terrorists, I was physically threatened filming the destruction. By the way I have lots of first hand videos if the authorities want it.

Robert Novak

They do. Provide the videos to the.

Maria Bautista

Crime Shoppers offering 1,000. For tips....

Lee Vigil

Make them available someplace on a public website. The Santa Fe Bulletin Board FB page? The Old School Santa Fe FB page? Police still haven't released much video.

Andrew Lucero

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Khal Spencer

There is peaceful protest and there is vandalism or tantrum-throwing. I imagine none of our fine small business people would want their establishments trashed if someone had a political bone to pick with them. Especially artists.

Andrew Lucero

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Annie Oakley

These people are vandals and should have been arrested for the destruction they caused and embraced. Can someone explain why they were NOT arrested?

Stefanie Beninato

Probably the same Stephen Fox who has a gallery on S. Francisco St that he apparently considered essential because even during the most severe part of the shutdown, his business was open. --He would sit by the front door and go around the plaza, maskless of course.

Maria Bautista

Does MLG know? Does the SFPD know, his city councilor?

Mark Blackburn

Please report him to the authorities as you are correct!

Mike Johnson

Wow! Certainly old enough to know better than to vandalize and destroy public property, and threaten and bully police.

Maria Bautista

He needed PR for his gallery, old trickster!

Stephen Fox

Nonsense.

Stephen Fox

I didn't threaten or bully police. I actually commended Andrew Padilla for "standing down," and removing the 40 or so policemen, fire trucks, and ambulance from the night before Indigenous Peoples Day, and I am certain that my two phone calls to the Mayor that same evening resulted in all present from a serious confrontation, also known as "conflict avoidance."

Maria Bautista

Fox, you are not foxy, instead you are a used up, old anglo man needing attention. Now you will get it, you supported anarchy in a town who's paid your way.

Stephen Fox

Chacun à son goût.

David Romero

They should have used tear gas and billy clubs.

Mike Johnson

I must say I like your defense strategy here. Having your lawyer subpoena the mayor as your defense witness to testify he ordered the obelisk removed should be very entertaining testimony......

Carlos Vasquez

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Carlos Vasquez

Here a Man who has helped Native people and culture for generations; has taken his own time to participate in United Nations and other peacekeeping movements - don't forgot to Occupy your mind with facts folks: why do you think the Native American people of SFIS took down the old trees and buildings?

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