Protesters topple Washington DC statue of Confederate general: media

Washington (AFP) - Demonstrators toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in Washington DC and set it on fire, according to US media, an act that President Donald Trump described as "shame".
The images, which aired on ABC7 news late Friday, showed the character of Albert Pike being pulled down on a rope before dozens of protesters started singing "black life stuff" and setting them on fire.
Trump tweeted shortly afterwards and marked the mayor of the city that "DC police are not doing their job while watching a statue be torn down and burned. These people should be arrested immediately. A shame for our country!"
The capital's democratic mayor, Muriel Bowser and Trump, have argued over the use of violence in Washington DC. The president had previously asked the National Guard to suppress the unrest.
There were marches and rallies in the United States on Friday to promote racial justice on June 19, which commemorates the end of slavery in the country.
Demonstrators had previously gathered in Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and near the White House.
In recent weeks, the United States has been hit by protests fueled by the death of African-American police.
Several monuments with Confederate figures have been overthrown by protesters who protested against systemic racism, police brutality and injustice.

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