N Carolina protesters hang Confederate statue from post
RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Protesters in the capital of North Carolina tore down parts of a Confederate monument on Friday evening and hung one of the overturned statues on a light pole.
Protesters pulled down two statues of Confederate soldiers who were part of a larger obelisk near the state capital in downtown Raleigh.
Earlier in the evening, police had frustrated the protesters' earlier attempt to use ropes to overthrow the statues. After the officials cleared the area, the demonstrators mounted the obelisk and were able to dismantle the statues.
Then they pulled the statues down a street and hung one of the figures on a light pole with a rope on their neck. The other statue was moved to the Wake County courthouse, according to News & Observer.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Raleigh and Durham to protest the police brutality and to celebrate June 19, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
Numerous Confederate statues have been destroyed or demolished all over the south in the last few weeks after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a white Minneapolis policeman kneeled his neck for several minutes.
Confederate monuments were toppled in nearby Durham and Chapel Hill in 2017 and 2018.
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