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Protesters tear down Confederate statue in North Carolina

Protesters tear down Confederate statue in North Carolina”

Protesters in North Carolina posted a video Monday of their tearing down a Confederate memorial, calling it a response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

WNCN reports that a woman climbed a ladder and placed a rope around the statue at approximately 7:10 p.m.

After the statue came down, protesters started kicking it as the crowd burst into cheers and chanted "black lives matter here".

The statue was raised in 1924 and commemorated fallen soldiers in the Confederate Army.

"It needs to be removed", Loan Tran, an organizer, said earlier Monday.

Of 120 Civil War memorials that exist around the state of North Carolina, around 100 commemorate the Confederate Army. "That monument was dedicated to usher in peace between North and the South following the end of the Civil War".

The damage or destruction of public property can lead to a Class 1 misdemeanor under the Tar Heel state's law, and if convicted, can receive a fine of $500 and 24 hours of community service. "I share this to say that there is a statute in place making the efforts you mention below hard to move forward".

The protesters who brought down the statue on Monday told WNCN that their objective was to "smash white supremacy".

"People can be mobilized and people are angry", said Takiyah Thompson, one of the demonstrators.

According to a Facebook event page, the protest was organized by the Workers World Party Durham Branch.

"The Peace Monument is owned by the City of Atlanta, and is managed by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation", a spokesperson for the city of Atlanta said. The rally turned into a violent clash between several white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and Antifa.



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