In the US, protesters tore down the monument to Civil war General to Wickham

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.

Wickham monument was erected in 1891 in the capital of Virginia, Richmond, which during the Civil war of 1861-1865 was the capital of the southern slave States. Wickham was a prominent Confederate General and politician.

According to media reports, in 2017, the descendants of Wickham appealed to the city authorities with a request to dismantle the monument as "the owner of the plantation, Confederate General Wickham unforgivable increased its power and wealth by exploiting people in slavery."

Earlier, the state Governor Ralph Northam said in a press conference that ordered to remove the famous statue of General Robert E. Lee, commander of the slave States during the Civil war. This week was also demolished a statue of Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil war.

From the end of may in many major U.S. cities held protests and unrest in connection with the death of an African-American George Floyd with the arrest by the police. One of the policemen, who for a few minutes he felt a knee in the neck of Floyd, charged with murder, three others of aiding and abetting the murder.