Charlottesville: Calls to remove Confederate monuments across America renewed after horror in Virginia

Calls to remove Confederate monuments across America renewed after Charlottesville horror

The incident in Virginia provoked public outrage (Credit: Twitter @RedTRaccoon)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local officials across America have renewed calls to remove Confederate monuments in the wake of the attack in Charlottesville. 

The incident in Virginia - where a car was driven into crowds of anti-fascists protesting against a far-right demonstration, killing one woman and injuring a large number - has provoked outrage across America. 

The mayor of Lexington in Kentucky, Jim Gray, unveiled plans to move two Confederate statues from a public area near a courthouse in the city, which is scheduled to be turned into a visitor's centre.

In Maryland, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh said she intended to move forward with the removal of two busts, and had moved to appoint a working group to direct the process.

Two cities in Florida - Jacksonville and Gainesville - began to act on plans to remove symbols of the Confederacy. 

Some states have already removed statues prior to Charlottesville - a number of statues have been removed from locations in and around New Orleans in Louisiana.