Thomas Phippen, DCNF
A group of protesters toppled a monument to Confederate soldiers in Durham, N.C., Monday evening in response to a white supremacist rally that turned violent over the weekend.
During the protest, a woman climbed up the statue located at the entrance of the Durham County courthouse and affixed a rope just after 7 p.m. EST, local CBS affiliate WNCN reported.
The group quickly pulled the statue from the its pedestal and began spitting on it and kicking it when it fell to the ground.
The statue was erected in 1924 “in memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray,’” and is one of several war monuments around the courthouse. Other monuments near the site include memorials to both World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“It needs to be removed,” Loan Tran, one of the protest’s organizers, told WNCN Monday. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.”
“When I see a Confederate statue in downtown Durham, or really anywhere, it fills me with a lot of rage and frustration,” Tran said.
The “Unite the Right” rally, which turned deadly Saturday, was first organized to protest the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. The rally turned into a violent clash between several white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and Antifa.
The aftermath of the riot has spurred the movement to remove confederate memorials across the south, Fox News reports.
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