Gainesville takes down… Vandalized in Atlanta… Baltimore statues to be destroyed
Gainesville removes Confederate statute
Statue returned to local chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Crews on Monday removed a Confederate statue that was created as a memorial to men of the Gainesville area who lost their lives in the Civil War.
Work began Sunday to remove the statue, known as “Old Joe,” in downtown Gainesville.
The statue was removed from outside the Alachua County Administrative Building and returned to the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected the bronze statue in 1904.
County officials said they did not know what the Daughters of the Confederacy would do with the statue.
Meanwhile, authorities said someone splashed red paint around a Confederate memorial park in Hillsborough County.
Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials said in a news release that a passer-by called 911 after seeing that paint had been tossed on and around the memorial’s columns and derogatory comments were scrawled in the paint. The site is on private property near Tampa on Florida’s west coast.
Atlanta protesters deface Peace Monument in Piedmont Park
Protesters in Atlanta angry with white supremacist violence in Charlottesville marched to Piedmont Park Sunday night, spray painting a statue of a Confederate soldier and chanting slogans decrying President Donald Trump.
There was virtually no police presence as demonstrators walked from Woodruff Park up Peachtree Street, snarling traffic as they went. When they arrived, some climbed the statue – which shows a Confederate soldier laying down his weapon at the end of Reconstruction – and defaced it. One protester was hurt by metal falling from the edifice.
Tensions rose as the lone policeman on the scene was surrounded by black-clad antifa protesters shouting “pig.” Black Lives Matter protesters put themselves between the police officer and the antifacism crowd.
The gathering soon dispersed.
The memorial and march were organized by All Out Atlanta but drew many other participants.
BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — After violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend in response to the city’s plan to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park there, Mayor Catherine Pugh has renewed efforts to remove similar Confederate imagery from Baltimore.
A white nationalist group gathered in the central Virginia college town Saturday to protest the statue removal, and others arrived to counter-protest. A car plowed into a crowd of the counter-protesters, killing one person and hurting more than a dozen others.
Shortly after, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.
The governor declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out of the town.
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