Protesters topple Confederate general statue of Washington, DC and put it on fire | US news

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The protesters have overthrown the only statue of a Confederate general in the capital of the nation and put out the fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the united states, in the midst of continuing anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.The cheers of the protesters jumped up and down as the 11-foot (3.4 m) statue of Albert Pike – wrapped with chains – wobbled on his high pedestal of granite before falling backwards, landing in a pile of dust. The protesters then set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police”.

Testimonies and videos posted on social media, said the police were on the scene but did not intervene. The president, Donald Trump quickly tweeted about the reversal, the call to DC mayor Muriel Bowser and writing: “The DC police are not doing their job as they looked a statue to be torn down and burned. These people must be stopped immediately. A shame for our country.”

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