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Protesters Demolish The Monument To Confederate Albert Pike In Washington

Protesters Demolish The Monument To Confederate Albert Pike In Washington

Protesters in Washington on Saturday night tore down a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike and set it on fire, according to NBC.

Protesters gathered around the Confederate statue, which was erected near the police headquarters, and used ropes to pull it down. After the statue was on the ground, the protesters doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire. According to NBC, the police who arrived at the scene did not take any action against the protestants.

In turn, US President Donald Trump criticized the work of the Washington police, accusing the police of inaction during the demolition of the monument. "The Washington police are not doing their job - they just watched as the statue was demolished and set on fire. These people [arsonists] should be immediately arrested," the head of the White House wrote on his Twitter page, mentioning the mayor of the capital Muriel Bowser in the message. - Shame on our country!"

According to NBC, the statue of Albert Pike is the only monument installed in the US Capital to the Confederate Military Leaders. There are 19 Confederate statues in the Washington Metropolitan area.