A group of demonstrators pulled down the obelisk on the Santa Fe Plaza today. The monument had been at the center of a controversy, which heated up again this summer, over portrayals of Native people in Northern New Mexico. This is a breaking story and will be updated. Video by Michael Campbell

(16) comments

Patrick Mccachren

Born and raised in SF in 1957. Went to school all through college in Santa Fe. Although I move away in 1983 my heart has always been there. Another monument/statue torn town instead of making the story a teachable moment for history. What is next to be discarded? The city should rebuild the monument and add a revised appropriate plaque. Remember ALL lives matter.

Richard Reinders

Maybe Conde Nast Magazines gets this in their next travel article, can you say ghost town, As I have always said Webber has an Agenda that doesn't fit with the culture in Santa Fe, yet the locals sit quietly as their heritage is stripped away. Isn't there any Hispanic leaders anymore or have we really been homogenized by the likes of Brian Egolf and Allen Webber. I moved here and fell in love with the culture and people of Santa Fe and now I might as well be living in Portland or San Francisco. Removing De Vargas and the Obelisk are the ultimate Movida. The wrong thing has been removed it should have been the Mayor.

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Khal Spencer

Thankfully, the New Mexican seems to have disabled its dirty word filter!

Paul Chadwick

This is not an effective way to protest. It turns a demonstration that could have been persuasive and educational into an act of criminal vandalism that completely overshadows in many people's minds any justifiable complaint the protest may have been about. It's time we all start thinking about what it means to have a civilized society and consider the upside of returning to the principles of, for example, MLK.

Khal Spencer


James Taylor

C'mon, there are better ways. Still, it’ll make the right-wing nutters go berserk, though they seem unfazed by kidnap and murder plots against a governor and death threats to our own. Gotta have your priorities straight.

Khal Spencer

Well, if a mob defines the tactics, you can't complain very loudly when the other nutters up the ante.

KT Rivera

This is damage to ~Federal~ property !

Katherine Martinez

Very sad. This will further race relations quite a bit.

Roland Pabst

In my opinion it is the wrong way to protest. Whoever did it, lost the power for negotiations and the trust of the citizen. This incident plays so nicely into the hand of one party. Do we really want this to happen?

W.A. Russell

What a disgrace to civility. As a left leaning person, these ideological tirades have destroyed a beautiful piece that could have been repurposed as a learning tool. But alas, the groundswell mentality looms large once again in social vigilantism. People drunk with righteousness seldom equates to the correct actions. The loss of bad history is as impactful as any other form of forgetful nature on spectrum of lessons learned. My sadness deepens yet again.

A Ortega

Well i hope your happy Alan Webber, it's what you wanted all along. You should have never let this happen. People could have worked together to come up with a solution. You started this and then did nothing in all this time.

Michael Grimler

2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 30-15-1 — Criminal damage to property.

30-15-1. Criminal damage to property.

Criminal damage to property consists of intentionally damaging any real or personal property of another without the consent of the owner of the property.

Whoever commits criminal damage to property is guilty of a petty misdemeanor, except that when the damage to the property amounts to more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) he is guilty of a fourth degree felony.

Pretty sure the damage was more than $1,000.

Gee...too bad there were no police around to arrest those steaming piles of K9 excrement felons.

Khal Spencer

I think it might also be a Federal offense, Mike. Was a war memorial.


Bill Nibchuck

Well there ya go...you destroyed another statue. Hope this makes your life better.

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