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Protesters tear down Confederate monument in Durham, N.C.

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Ray Downs
The Confederate statue that was brought down on Monday had stood in Durham, N.C., since 1924. Photo by Watchman27514/Wikipedia
The Confederate statue that was brought down on Monday had stood in Durham, N.C., since 1924. Photo by Watchman27514/Wikipedia

Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Protesters in Durham, N.C., pulled down a Confederate monument outside of the county courthouse on Monday night.

Videos and photos of the protest posted to social media show the statute being pulled down from its perch with a yellow nylon rope as protesters cheer.

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Once the monument crashes to the ground, several people spit on and kick it.

According to WNCN-TV, the statue is meant to honor "The Confederate States of America" and had stood in front of the courthouse since 1924.

"It needs to be removed," protest organizer Loan Tran said Monday. "These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country."

"When I see a Confederate statue in downtown Durham, or really anywhere, it fills me with a lot of rage and frustration," she added.

According to the Herald Sun, 100 protesters who participated in counterprotests against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday gathered again in Durham to take down Confederate monuments.

In 2015, North Carolina passed a state law that prohibits the removal of any "object of remembrance" on public property that "commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina's history."

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Those suspected of violating the law can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and face a fine of $500 and 24 hours of community service.

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