Protester light his cigarette with torched bronze statue of Confederate General Albert Pike. Protestors in Washington, D.C., toppled and burned a statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike late Friday on the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery.
Approximately 80 to 100 people gathered around the statue of Pike at Judiciary Square at 11 p.m. Friday and toppled it 15 minutes later. The protestors then lit the statue on fire.
A video shared on social media shows a protester Just smoothly walked over to the burning statue and light his cigarette with it.
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Cities and states across the country have begun removing statues of polarizing historical figures amid a national reckoning over racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.
George Floyd’s death has prompted protests nationwide, as well as renewed calls from activists and lawmakers for the removal of monuments commemorating figures believed to be symbols of racism.
Pike’s statue is reportedly the only Confederate monument in D.C.
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Protester Light His Cigarette With Torched Bronze Statue Of Confederate General Albert Pike.
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