Protesters in Washington, D.C, tore down and established fire to a statue of Confederate common Albert Pike just after a day of Juneteenth rallies.
Approximately 80 or so demonstrators jumped and cheered after other individuals employed ropes to topple the monument in the Judiciary Sq. neighborhood late Friday evening.
The fallen statue — the only confederate monument in the nation’s capital — was then immediately lit on fireplace, with just one protester filmed lighting a cigarette on its embers as other folks chanted “black lives make a difference!”
The statue is amongst many in the United States and towns abroad that have been targeted in the course of the civil unrest in excess of the Minneapolis law enforcement killing of George Floyd.
Officers across the state have promised to reevaluate their monuments, in some conditions pledging to just take them down outright. In other individuals, protesters have taken it upon them selves to both severely vandalize or tear down controversial statues.
President Trump late Friday referred to as for the arrest of everyone involved in Pike’s takedown.
“The D.C. Police are not carrying out their job as they view a statue be ripped down & burn up. These folks should really be straight away arrested,” the president tweeted. “A shame to our Nation!”