North Carolina protesters use strap to pull down Confederate soldier statue

A crowd of protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier near the courthouse in downtown Durham, N.C. On Monday.

Activists brought a ladder to reach the statue, which authorities had sprayed with oil to make it harder to climb, and used a strap to pull it to the ground, WRAL-TV reported. According to the station, the Confederate Soldiers Monument was dedicated in 1924.

Video of the incident taken by WNCN-TV shows protesters topple the statue, as a handful of people kick it and others cheer.

The protest was in response to Saturday’s demonstrations and violent actions by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., Over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city.

In North Carolina, a law signed in 2015 by former Governor Pat McCrory prevents the removal of Confederate monuments and statues in the state, WFMY-TV reported.

Gov. Roy Cooper responded to the protests in Raleigh Monday on Twitter.

“The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable, but there is a better way to remove these monuments. #Durham,” Cooper said in a tweet.

According to WRAL-TV, no arrests were made by Durham Police officers at the scene because the Durham County Sheriff’s Office has jurisdiction over the courthouse where the monument stood.

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