PICS: Trump calls it a 'disgrace' as statue of Confederate general toppled in Washington

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 20, 2020

Share this article:

Washington - Protesters pulled down a statue of a

Confederate general in Washington late on Friday, part of a wave

of anti-racism demonstrations in the United States.

Television images showed the statue of Albert Pike, which

was located near Judiciary Square, being pulled down with ropes

as protesters cheered "Black Lives Matter." They then used

flammable liquid to set a fire on the statue. Police put out the

fire.

President Donald Trump said in a tweet "The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue

be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately

arrested. A disgrace to our Country!"

%%%twitter https://twitter.com/MayorBowser?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MayorBowser

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

There have been protests against racism and police brutality

across the country and around the world since George Floyd, a

Black man, died in Minneapolis police custody last month. Some

of the focus has been calls for authorities take down monuments

honoring figures from the pro-slavery Confederate side in the

American Civil War.

%%%twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlackLivesMatter?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BlackLivesMatterprotesters toppled an 11-foot statue of Confederste General Albert Pike in Washington, DC & then set it in fire on #JUNETEENTH2020. pic.twitter.com/0iEDfCMPr0

— Truth Matters (@TruthsOverTrump)

The statue toppling in Washington took place at the end of a

day when thousands of people marched through US cities in

Juneteenth observances commemorating the abolition of

slavery. 

Reuters

Share this article: