Demonstrations around the monument — an obelisk found in the middle of the city’s Plaza Park that activists say celebrated the killings of Native Americans — began Saturday, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said, when protesters chained themselves on the obelisk.
A crowd swarmed the plaza Monday while city council members held an emergency meeting, the mayor said, and began tearing down the fence surrounding the monument before destroying the obelisk. One person was arrested for battery on a peace officer and resisting an officer and a second person was arrested for resisting an officer and criminal trespass.
Webber condemned Monday’s violence and said it was “not only a violation of the law, it is a violation of the ties between people in our community.”
“There is no place for people taking the law into their own hands. There is no place for people destroying historic monuments on their own,” Webber said.
Following the statue’s destruction on Monday, city officials said in a statement there were “a variety of legal issues under review” by the city attorney’s office related to the obelisk.
“We know individuals want to be heard. There is work underway to review the legal issues surrounding the removal or preservation of statues and monuments that are in public places. There is also work going on to review different approaches to a task force or working group that can undertake a community-wide discussion around statues and monuments, histories and cultures,” the release said.
A recommendation should be coming out soon, it said.
CNN’s Jenn Selva contributed to this report.