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Elk Statue Removed From Downtown Portland After Protesters Set It’s Base Ablaze

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Thompson Elk statue that stood in the middle of Southwest Main Street in downtown Portland was taken down on Thursday after vandalism turned it into a safety hazard, police said.

Late Wednesday night protesters set fire to the base around the statue. The statue was not damaged, according to the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), which owns it. But the fire damaged the stone surrounding the basin that sat beneath and around the statue.

The damage to the base was so severe that the statue had to be removed for public safety reasons; RACC was concerned the elk could topple over and injure someone….(Read more)

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