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Two more arrested in destruction of SF obelisk

Protesters topple a second section of the Soldiers’ Monument during a Indigenous Peoples’ Day. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Two more people were charged in connection with the Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest that resulted in the destruction of a 152-year-old obelisk at the center of Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, bringing the total to five.

Lauren Straily, 28, and Melissa Rose, 44, both of Santa Fe, were both charged with criminal damage to property, conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property, unlawful assembly, criminal trespass, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and unauthorized graffiti. The charges match those of previously arrested protesters in the destruction of the “Soldiers’ Monument,” which many people saw as a symbol of oppression against Native American people.

Two other people that attended the demonstration were charged and arrested on other charges not related to the toppling of the obelisk.

The charges were filed late Monday afternoon. Further details weren’t available because their probable cause affidavits weren’t released at press time.


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