Demonstrators demolished the monument to Confederate Pike in Washington

A group of demonstrators tore down a monument to Confederate General Albert Pike in Washington and set it on fire, NBC Washington reports.

According to the TV channel, the protesters felled the monument with ropes. After that, they doused it with lighter fluid and set it on fire.

It is known that the incident occurred near the headquarters of the Washington police.

After the arson, law enforcement officers did not take any action for several minutes. Later, about ten officers arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. The group of demonstrators did not clash with the police.

It is known that the statue of Albert Pike was installed in Washington in 1901. It is the only monument to a Confederate General in the city.

Recall that the spontaneous demolition of monuments in the United States began amid protests after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of the police. Earlier, demonstrators also demolished a memorial to the first US President, George Washington, in Portland.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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