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DC protesters pull down, burn statue of Confederate general

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 08:37:44-04

WASHINGTON -- Protesters have toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation's capital and set it on fire.

It happened on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, and amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd.

Cheering demonstrators watched as the statue of Albert Pike — wrapped with chains — wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backward, landing in a pile of dust.

Eyewitness accounts and videos indicated that police were on the scene but didn’t intervene.

President Donald Trump called out the mayor and the local police on Twitter, complaining that they “are not doing their job.”