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In the wake of what took place in Charlottesville, Virgina this weekend, a group of protesters gathered to take down and destroy a Confederate statute in North Carolina. The state’s governor condemned the act with some sensitivity, recognizing that removal of the images that harken back to times of slavery is a necessary step.

Local outlet News & Observer reports:

A protest in downtown Durham on Monday night left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground.

Sheriff’s deputies recorded the event but did not intervene as a protester climbed a ladder and slipped a yellow, bungie-like cord around the soldier’s head and arm and a group pulled the cord.

The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street.

Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass.

Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted and condemned the happenings in Charlottesville before suggesting a more peaceful way to stage such protests.

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