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Statue of US Confederate general to be removed in Virginia

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Washington (AFP) – The US city of Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally turned deadly in 2017, announced on Friday that it would remove the statue of a general of the pro-slavery Civil War South that has been a focal point of protests. The statue of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the 1861-65 Civil War, would be removed on Saturday from Market Street Park, the city said in a statement. A statue of another Confederate general, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, would be removed the same day from nearby Court Square Park, it said. The Charl…

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