REPORT: U.S. city refuses to remove controversial Mexican statue

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A statue of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa will remain in downtown Tucson despite an effort by a conservative watchdog group to remove it.

Members of the Public Art and Community Design Committee last week unanimously rejected a removal request by Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch, the Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday.

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The 14-foot (4-meter) bronze statue of Pancho Villa on a horse stands in Veinte de Agosto Park. It was a gift to the state from the Mexican government and a Mexico press group.

Judicial Watch claimed city records do not indicate that a public hearing was held to hear complaints about the statue before it was unveiled in 1981. Mark Spencer, the Phoenix-based coordinator of Judicial Watch’s Southwest Projects, advocated for the removal, saying three Tucson residents approached him for help in voicing their complaint.

Spencer said the statue “needs to go” because “Pancho Villa did great harm to people.”

 

 

 

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