The symbol is strong. In the night of Friday 19 to Saturday 20 of June, demonstrators, anti-racist have destroyed the unique statue of a confederate general erected in the american capital Washington, according to images broadcast by the american media. The tv channel ABC7 News showed images of the statue of the general of the south Albert Pike put it to the bottom using a rope by several dozen protesters chanting the slogan " Black Lives Matter ". The statue was subsequently burned.
And protesters just toppled the Albert Pike statue in DC pic.twitter.com/gEzJm0OYjd— Perry Stein (@PerryStein) June 20, 2020
Protesters pulled down the statue of Albert Pike in Judiciary Square and set it on fire Friday night.— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) June 20, 2020
The us president, Donald Trump has described on Twitter the incident of the " disgrace to [their] country ", called for the arrest of the perpetrators, and accused the police of Washington " not to do his work by looking at a statue to be slaughtered and burned ". The destruction of this statue took place at the end of the events marking the 155th anniversary of "Juneteenth" (a contraction of June and 19 in English), the day in 1865 when the last slaves were freed in Texas.
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The D. C. Police are not doing their job as they watch the statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately's arrested. A disgrace to our Country! @MayorBowser— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020
many monuments erected to the glory of personalities in the camp confederate during the american Civil war (1861-1865) have been demolished in recent days in the United States. Several tragedies, including the death of George Floyd, an African-American 46-year-old was asphyxiated by a white policeman who had stopped at the end of may in Minneapolis, have forced the country to make its examination of conscience on the racism that has marked his past and still imbues today's society.
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