Law enforcement agencies of the U.S. city of Richmond, Virginia, was detained six people during the protest, held near the monument to the commander of the slave States during the Civil war, General Robert E. Lee, said the police.
As stated in the police statement, at about 22 hours on Friday (5am Saturday GMT) near the monument to General gathered about 100 people. After they began to shoot at police with paint balls, the Assembly was declared illegal.
Protesters in Richmond, Virginia, demolished the monument to Christopher Columbus and threw him into the lake, according to local TV station WRIC.
As reported, on Tuesday evening in the Park Byrd Park were about a thousand protesters. Initially the protest was peaceful. According to eyewitnesses, in the area of 20.30 local time (03.30 MSK medium) protesters with the help of three ropes tore down the monument from the pedestal, then dragged the statue located in the Park lake and threw her in the water.
A judge in Richmond, Virginia issued a ruling prohibiting the leadership of the state to demolish a monument to the commander of the slave States during the Civil war, General Robert E. Lee within 10 days, according to local TV station WTVR.
Earlier it was reported that the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam said in a press conference that ordered to remove the famous statue of General Robert E. Lee. The decision was made amid ongoing protests and riots after the death in Minneapolis of the African-American George Floyd at the hands of white police.
Protesters in the state of Virginia tore down the monument to army General Williams Carter Wickham, who fought on the Confederate side during the civil war in the United States, reports CBS6.
According to the TV station, the protesters threw 129-year-old statue from the pedestal during protests Saturday night. The pedestal of the statue, the demonstrators painted graffiti.