U.S. parades, protests mark Columbus Day, now also Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) – Christopher Columbus Day drew crowds on Monday with U.S. city parades marking the explorer’s voyage and Italian-American culture, as the focus increasingly turned to the heritage and plight of indigenous people subjugated by European settlers. At the White House, where U.S. President Joe Biden had declared Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, community activists held protests on climate change, fossil fuels and the coronavirus which disproportionately affect Native Americans. In New York City, crowds gathered along Fifth Avenue to watch traditionally the na…

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