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Protesters pull down Confederate statue in North Carolina

Protesters take down a Confederate statue on their own.
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National Post

Protesters pulled down a nearly 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina on Monday.

Using rope and chanting, “No KKK, no fascists USA!” the mob yanked the monument off its pedestal and spat on it.

Law enforcement was nearby but did not intervene with the protest because it was on county property reports CBS WNCN.

“Because this incident occurred on county property, where county law enforcement officials were staffed, no arrests were made by DPD officers,” Durham Police spokesman Wil Glenn wrote in an email statement.

The sculpture read “The Confederate States of America.”

“It needs to be removed,” Loan Tran, an organizer, said earlier Monday. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.”

 The protest and subsequent removal of the statue was in response to the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Takiyah Thompson, a protester said, “People can be mobilized and people are angry and when enough people are angry, we don’t have to look to politicians to sit around in air conditions and do nothing when we can do things ourselves.”

After a clean-up crew came to clear away the remains of the statue, one man planted a confederate flag in its place. Just a few minutes later another person picked up the flag, ripped it apart and threw it in the garbage.