NC Governor: “Monuments Should Come Down”; Durham Antifa Leader Charged With Felony

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 16, 2017

On Tuesday evening North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper posted a public statement to the website Medium, weighing in on the now raging Confederate memorials controversy: “These monuments should come down,” he said. Cooper further called for the state legislature to repeal a law which seeks to prevent state and local authorities from removing them permanently. Cooper published the statement in the wake of a Confederate statue being unlawfully removed by protesters in Durham as local police reportedly stood by.

On Monday Americans beheld the spectacle of an angry mob pulling down the nearly century old Confederate memorial in front the historic Durham County Court House in North Carolina with no police in sight. Hundreds of antifa protesters which had converged at the location for what organizers called an “emergency protest” in response to racial violence turned fatal in Virginia over the weekend surrounded the monument – a bronze statue of a lone Confederate soldier marching – and quickly pulled it down using a heavy duty rope. The 15-feet tall monument was erected in 1924 and engraved at the base with the words, “In memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray.’ ”

But on Tuesday the Durham County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of the leaders and organizers of the event, Takiya Thompson, a 22-year old student who is depicted in the video as tying the rope around the statue. Thompson was assisted by a few others as she brought a ladder to the base from the back and ascended to the top with the rope – after which the statue and a stone base came crashing down with protesters immediately kicking and spitting on the toppled bronze soldier to the cheers of the crowd.

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