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Flashpoint US statue of Confederate general removed in Richmond

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Richmond (United States) (AFP) – A towering statue of a Confederate general that became a focal point of protests for racial justice was removed Wednesday in Richmond, the Virginia city that served as the capital of the pro-slavery South during the American Civil War. The bronze statue of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the bloody 1861-65 conflict, was lifted off its 40-foot (12-meter) granite pedestal as hundreds of onlookers cheered under tight security. “Hey, hey, goodbye,” the crowd chanted as the 21-foot-tall statue was slowly lowered to the groun…

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