Protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina vandalized the city’s Confederate monument Friday night, toppling the likenesses of soldiers and hanging one from a tree, The Raleigh News & Observer reported.
In the wake of the George Floyd protests, attention has turned to monuments to Confederate fighters, of which there are over 700 across the country. In many places, such statues have been vandalized and even toppled by protesters. In others, local governments have forced their removal.
In Raleigh on Friday, the latter happened.
Protesters converged on the city’s monument that honors the men who fought for the Confederacy, and hung yellow ropes around the necks of the two soldiers depicted on the monument. Police arrived and removed the ropes, and cleared out the protesters.
They reconvened later, and a protester climbed the monument and began to attempt to dislodge one of the soldiers. Someone on the ground tried to convinced the protesters not to vandalized the statue, leading to fisticuffs.
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