Media: the University of North Carolina overturned the monument to a soldier of the Confederacy
WASHINGTON, August 21. /TASS/. Protesters at the University of North Carolina overturned and desecrated the monument to a soldier of the Confederacy during the Civil war in the United States, which was established in 1913. It is reported by local TV station WRAL.
As noted, initially, at 19:00 (02:00 GMT Tuesday) around the statue, entitled “Quiet Sam” (Silent Sam), which is located on the University campus, gathered about 300 activists opposed to the demolition of the memorial, but at 21:30 (04:30 GMT) the statue was overturned on the ground. It was partially broken, and after that it threw mud and began to stomp his feet.
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To date, reported one arrest, the protesters had left the area around the monument.
In the last two years in the United States developed a large-scale campaign for the demolition of monuments to leaders of the Confederation. The reason for it was the events in the Charlottesville (VA), 12 August 2017 have been violent clashes between right-wing radicals and their opponents after the authorities ‘ decision to dismantle the statue of General Lee. In the midst of turmoil 20-year-old neo-Nazi on the car drove into a crowd of activists opposed to the far right. In the death of 32-year-old woman, another 19 people were injured.
The US President Donald trump has strongly condemned demolition of the monument to the confederates, and calls to dismantle the monument to the discoverer of America Christopher Columbus. The head of state called for respect of historical heritage.