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Charlottesville mayor wants special session to remove Confederate statue
August 18, 2017 / 7:03 PM / 4 months ago

Charlottesville mayor wants special session to remove Confederate statue

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlottesville’s mayor called on Friday for a special session of Virginia’s legislature to let localities determine the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally that turned deadly there last weekend.

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee sits at the center of the park formerly dedicated to him, the site of recent violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement that whether the monuments go to museums, cemeteries or elsewhere, “it is clear that they no longer can be celebrated in shared civic areas, like Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.”

Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by James Dalgleish

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