Virginia violence adds to push to remove Confederate statues

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 16, 2017

Confederate-era monuments were quietly taken down in the middle of the night in the U.S. city of Baltimore.

The efforts by civil rights groups and others to do away with Confederate monuments gained momentum two years ago after avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. "They needed to come down".

He also said he was concerned about the safety of Dallas after watching what unfolded in Charlottesville.

"It's not something where we sort of made a snap decision and chose to just move forward without consultation", Kingston said.

A crowd of demonstrators stormed the site of a Confederate monument outside a courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday and toppled the bronze statue from its base.

After years of foot-dragging, Baltimore is finally rid of its Confederate statues.

Carolyn Billups, the former president of the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, says she thinks Pugh has made a mistake by taking down the Confederate monuments in such secrecy. The park is on private property.

David McCallister, a leader in the Sons of Confederate Veterans group whose ancestors are memorialized in the park, helped clean up red paint that defaced the granite monuments. McCallister said the word "antifa" - or "anti-fascist" - was written on the property.

"I don't know where they are yet", Pugh said in a news conference at City Hall hours later.

The University of Florida on Wednesday rejected a request by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to rent space on its grounds to host an event on September 12 - citing possible violence.

She thought it was important to move quickly and quietly because of "the climate of this nation", she said.

The decision was made after assessing the potential risks, particularly after calls for violence online, such as those who decreed "The Next Battlefield is in Florida", Fuchs added.

On Tuesday, two sisters who say they were injured when the vehicle was driven into the crowd filed a lawsuit against the driver and others. Are we gonna take down the statue?

UF's denial of Spencer's speech comes after Texas A&M University canceled an event for September 11 scheduled by white nationalist Preston Wiginton.

Pugh told the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that crews worked from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5:30 remove the statues, and swift overnight removal with little fanfare was meant to stave off the kind of violent conflicts that embroiled Charlottesville.

That's easy: it stops when all the statues to people who fought to keep black people in chains in this country come down. "By the way, thank god, they lost", Richmond said. The shooting rampage ultimately led to the removal of a Confederate flag from the statehouse in Columbia.

"We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the Union", Abrams wrote on Twitter. By last week, she said she had reached out to contractors here to solicit assessments on the feasibility of removing each of the statues in short order. In an interview with The Sun's editorial board Monday she affirmed her intention to remove the statues, but gave no hint that any action was in the offing.

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