The Columbus statue in Christopher Columbus Park in the North End was vandalized and removed a few months back. 'Hands Off Columbus' said removing such statues is an insult to Italian-Americans.
Group member Frank Coconate argued that, because Columbus Day is a federal holiday, damaging Columbus statues should be a federal crime.
Coconate, who is Chicago-based, voiced his anger:
The Italian-Americans are pissed. They're mad, and they're going to do something about it. That I know in Boston, that I know in Philadelphia, that I know in Chicago, that I know in Italy. We're mad, we're mad. This is an insult.
The Boston Arts Commission is currently deliberating the fate of the statue.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports