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Christopher Columbus birthday commemorations divide Peruvians

Opposition protesters gather in front of a statue of the Christopher Columbus statue in Lima, Peru, on the day that commemorates the arrival of the Italian explorer to the Americas on October 12, 1492. The day, known as of “Race Day” in parts of Latin America, focuses on the development of the Hispanic race of the Spanish colonizers and is both a cause for celebration and protest as the country grapples with its colonial past .