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State installs barriers around Robert E. Lee Monument

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 23:30:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of General Services installed concrete barriers around the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond on Wednesday morning.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered the monument removed as soon as possible. Lawsuits have since been filed to prevent its removal.

"This work [to prepare for the removal] will continue while we await the outcome of the litigation," a Virginia Department of General Services spokesperson said. "To that end, today DGS is installing temporary concrete barriers around the monument. These barriers are intended to protect the safety of everyone speaking out to make their voices heard, as well as the structure itself."

Protesters have been gathering at the monument every day.

While most of the protests have been peaceful in nature, there have been incidents of violence and arrests made surrounding incidents at the monument.