Protesters in Richmond, US tear down another Confederate statue

WION Web Team
Richmond, Virginia, United States of America Published: Jun 17, 2020, 03:17 PM(IST)

The Howitzers Monument located near Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus Photograph:( AFP )

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It's the third Confederate statue, and the fourth monument, to be torn down by demonstrators in Virginia since international protests erupted following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis officer who knelt on his neck. 

Demonstrators in Richmond tore down another Confederate statue in the city on Tuesday night.

The Howitzers Monument located near Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus was toppled after protesters used a rope to pull it down from its pedestal.

It's the third Confederate statue, and the fourth monument, to be torn down by demonstrators in Virginia since international protests erupted following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis officer who knelt on his neck. 

Statues of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham as well as of Christopher Columbus were toppled by demonstrators in recent weeks.

A video from the Richmond Times-Dispatch showed the paint-splattered statue face down on the ground as the rain continued overnight in Virginia's capital city.

Protesters in Richmond started their march Tuesday night advocating for the removal of all Confederate statues, establishing a civilian review board over police actions and defunding the police.

The Howitzers Monument showed a Confederate artilleryman standing in front of a gun. It was erected in 1892 to memorialise the city's Civil War artillery unit.

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