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Man carrying a 'Protect Confederate Monuments' flag is driven out of the area around the Stonewall Jackson statue in Virginia as crowds gather to watch it being removed (19 Pics)

A hysterical man carrying a flag reading 'Protect Confederate Monuments' ran into a crowd of protesters who had gathered to watch the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond, Virginia, being removed under a new emergency order. 
The lone man ran through the crowds to the base of the statue where he unfurled his flag and stood guard in front of the likeness of the Confederate commander, where city crews were working to remove it from its pedestal in the city. 
He was quickly surrounded by people, liquid was thrown on him and his flag wrenched from his hands, before Richmond Sheriff's deputies were seen escorting him out of the crowds as he wailed and clutched his face. 

The man was put in a cop cruiser and driven away from the area while protesters were seen torching his flag. 
This came as swathes of people flocked to the base of the statue Wednesday in support of the historic moment the statue of the oppressive figure was removed from the city.   
A man carrying a flag reading 'Protect Confederate Monuments' (pictured) was driven out of the area under the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond, Virginia, by protesters who gathered to watch the monument being taken down under a new emergency order
A man carrying a flag reading 'Protect Confederate Monuments' (pictured) was driven out of the area under the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond, Virginia, by protesters who gathered to watch the monument being taken down under a new emergency order
Protesters cheer as workers remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from it's pedestal Wednesday
Protesters cheer as workers remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from it's pedestal Wednesday 


Richmond Mayor Levary Stoney on Wednesday used his emergency powers to order the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying emergency powers were necessary to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice. 
The move came the same day a new state law took effect granting control of the monuments to the city. 
The law outlines a removal process of any monuments that would take at least 60 days to unfold.
But during a City Council meeting Wednesday morning, Stoney balked as the council scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to formally vote on a resolution calling for the immediate removal of the statues and took matters into his own hands.
'Today, I have the ability to do this through my emergency powers,' Stoney said. 'I think we need to act today.' 
The lone man ran through the crowds to the base of the statue where he unfurled his flag and stood guard in front of the likeness of the Confederate commander, where city crews were working to remove it from its pedestal in the city
The lone man ran through the crowds to the base of the statue where he unfurled his flag and stood guard in front of the likeness of the Confederate commander, where city crews were working to remove it from its pedestal in the city
He was quickly surrounded by people, liquid was thrown on him and his flag wrenched from his hands, before Richmond Sheriff's deputies were seen escorting him out of the crowds as he wailed and clutched his face
He was quickly surrounded by people, liquid was thrown on him and his flag wrenched from his hands, before Richmond Sheriff's deputies were seen escorting him out of the crowds as he wailed and clutched his face
The protester in favor of the monument weeps and is removed from the area as work crews remove the statue
The protester in favor of the monument weeps and is removed from the area as work crews remove the statue
Stoney argued that the sense of urgency was essential in the interest of public safety, after protesters endangered themselves by taking matters into their own hands and toppling monuments in recent weeks. 
'Failing to remove the statues now poses a severe, immediate and growing threat to public safety,' he said, noting that hundreds of demonstrators have held protests in the city for 33 consecutive days. 
'As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves, or confront others who are also doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death.' 
Just hours after Stoney's emergency order, the towering statue of the Confederate general was hoisted from its base. 
Work crews were spotted near the Jackson statue around an hour after his announcement and hundreds gathered to watch the moment, which marked a step forward for racial justice in the city.
Workers at the statue Wednesday to rid the city of the monument of the Confederate commander
Workers at the statue Wednesday to rid the city of the monument of the Confederate commander 
Work crews work to remove the statue of confederate general Stonewall Jackson Wednesday following weeks of protests
Work crews work to remove the statue of confederate general Stonewall Jackson Wednesday following weeks of protests 
City workers safely take down the statue from its pedestal on city land Wednesday to cheers from crowds
City workers safely take down the statue from its pedestal on city land Wednesday to cheers from crowds 
People flocked to the base of the statue Wednesday in support of the historic moment the statue of the oppressive figure was removed from the city
People flocked to the base of the statue Wednesday in support of the historic moment the statue of the oppressive figure was removed from the city
Videos posted on Twitter showed workers being lifted in a crane to the top of the statue, attaching a harness to the massive figure and using power tools to remove the hooves of the statue's carved horse from the base.
The work was momentarily disrupted around 4pm as a thunderstorm broke out overhead.
Then, just after 4.30pm and in the middle of a downpour, the statue was lifted from its base.
Work crews remove the statue. Stoney said he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice
Work crews remove the statue. Stoney said he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the moment it was taken down
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the moment it was taken down  
Richmond Mayor Stoney ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city Wednesday
Richmond Mayor Stoney ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city Wednesday 
Stoney argued the sense of urgency was essential in the interest of public safety, after protesters endangered themselves by taking matters into their own hands and toppling monuments in recent weeks
Stoney argued the sense of urgency was essential in the interest of public safety, after protesters endangered themselves by taking matters into their own hands and toppling monuments in recent weeks
The removal was  met with raucous cheers from the crowds and bells rang out at First Baptist Church on the corner
The removal was  met with raucous cheers from the crowds and bells rang out at First Baptist Church on the corner
The moment was met with raucous cheers from the crowds and bells rang out at First Baptist Church on the corner.
'This is long overdue,' said Brent Holmes, a black man who watched the moment.  'One down, many more to go.' 
Stoney was vowed to remove all other Confederate statues on city land over the coming days - of which there are around a dozen including one of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. 
Flatbed trucks and other equipment were already spotted at several other monuments Wednesday.  
Just hours after Stoney's emergency order, the towering statue of the Confederate general was hoisted from its base. The work and the crowds could not be deterred by the rain as protesters celebrated the historic moment
Just hours after Stoney's emergency order, the towering statue of the Confederate general was hoisted from its base. The work and the crowds could not be deterred by the rain as protesters celebrated the historic moment
The removal and Stoney's emergency order came the same day a new state law took effect granting control of the monuments to the city
The removal and Stoney's emergency order came the same day a new state law took effect granting control of the monuments to the city
The statue is lowered to the ground after being removed from the pedestal. The law outlines a removal process of any monuments that would take at least 60 days to unfold but Stoney took matters into his own hands Wednesday
The statue is lowered to the ground after being removed from the pedestal. The law outlines a removal process of any monuments that would take at least 60 days to unfold but Stoney took matters into his own hands Wednesday 
During Wednesday's meeting, city councilors expressed support for removing the statues, but some said the council needed to follow the proper legal process and disapproved of Stoney's move to plow ahead with the removal that day.
Interim city attorney Haskell Brown said any claim that Stoney has the authority to remove the statues without following the state process would contradict legal advice he has previously given the council and administration. 
However, Stoney's order will not extend to the removal of the most prominent and imposing Confederate statue along Richmond's Monument Avenue, that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The Lee statue sits on state land rather than city land so Stoney does not have powers to remove it.
Stoney's order will not extend to the removal of the most prominent and imposing Confederate statue along Richmond's Monument Avenue, that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (pictured)
Stoney's order will not extend to the removal of the most prominent and imposing Confederate statue along Richmond's Monument Avenue, that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (pictured)
Protesters gather at the statue in June to call for its removal. The Lee statue sits on state land rather than city land so Stoney does not have powers to remove it
Protesters gather at the statue in June to call for its removal. The Lee statue sits on state land rather than city land so Stoney does not have powers to remove it
Last month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the monument, but a judge then blocked its removal with an injunction.
William C. Gregory, a descendant of signatories to an 1890 deed that transferred the statue to the state more than a century ago, had filed a lawsuit against removing the statue. 
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo extended an injunction mid-June preventing Northam from removing the statue, saying it 'belongs to the people,' and that the governor is 'more of a custodian or fiduciary on their behalf.' 
The future of the 12-ton, 21-foot statue statue, which is now covered in graffiti from protesters demanding it be toppled, now rests on the resolution of two lawsuits. 

3 comments:

  1. where city crews were working to remove it from its pedestal in the city.'

    are you fucking kidding me - the statue was removed by official city department.

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  2. trump does nothing against soros means he is part of the problem

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