Violence-rocked U.S. city of Charlottesville votes to remove another Confederate statue

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-07 03:39:31|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Nearly a month after racial violence rocked Charlottesville, Virginia following the city's decision to remove a Confederate statue, the city has decided to get rid of another statue.

The city council voted unanimously late Tuesday after a prolonged public hearing to remove a statue of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, local media the Daily Progress reported Wednesday.

The action came after the council voted in February to remove a Robert E. Lee statue, which sparked protest from White supremacists in August. The protest turned violent after counter-protesters arrived at the scene. One woman was rammed to death by a white supremacist during the clash.

The bloodshed drew nation wide condemnation, and prompted further actions by cities nationwide to remove or tear down monuments related to the Confederacy.

The resolution to remove Jackson statue was introduced by Councilor Wes Bellamy, and approved by all members of the council, including two members who voted against removing the Lee statue.