Protesters in Durham Pull Down Confederate Statue


Protesters in Durham Pull Down Confederate Statue

At a protest in Durham, protestors tied a rope to a statue of a Confederate soldier and pulled the statue down and destroyed it. Takiyah #Thompson has admitted to tying the rope around the statue.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews issued a statement that investigators are using video footage to identify those responsible for toppling the statue during a rally Monday night. "No one is getting away with damaging the Confederate statue".

The arrest came shortly after the protesters spoke out about the act in a news conference at North Carolina Central University. "And the potential for those same white supremacist elements we saw in Charlottesville to swarm the site, weapons in hand, in retaliation is a threat to public safety", Cooper wrote.

More than 100 activists from progressive and anti-fascist groups attended the "Emergency Durham Protest", which culminated with the smashing of the 93-year-old statue, according to Raleigh's News and Observer.

Protesters pulled the rope and erupted in cheers as the statue toppled onto the ground.

The statue, which featured a Confederate soldier holding a muzzle-loading rifle and a bedroll, was dedicated to Durham in 1924, wncn.com reports.

Cooper also called on the General Assembly to repeal a 2015 law that prevents the removal or relocation of monuments.

The protest was in response to Saturday's demonstrations and violent actions by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. About 50 of the monuments are located at contemporary or historic courthouses. "And that statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed people live in, and it had to go".

"I wonder, is it George Washington next week?"

The Durham protest came in response to the weekend's violent white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a young woman was killed when a nationalist drove his auto into a group of peaceful counter-protesters. Two days later, Trump directly condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the outbreak of violence.

Responding to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took to social media to express his opinion.