A crowd of protesters in Durham, N.C., tied a cord to a Confederate statue and toppled it to the ground Monday night to loud cheers, a symbolic response to the violence at the rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va.
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A man used a ladder to attach the cord to the statue — which officers had coated with cooking spray to make it tougher to climb, WRAL reported.
“No KKK! No fascists! USA!” many protesters chanted as the statue came down.
The monument, dedicated in 1924, showed a Confederate soldier with “The Confederate States of America” engraved on the front, WNCN added.
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The protesters kicked and spat on the toppled statue before carrying it from the old Durham County Courthouse to a police station, according to reports.
Investigators said 20-year-old James Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters on Saturday in Charlottesville. One woman was killed and some 19 other people were hurt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.