Robert E Lee statue removed in Baltimore as Charlottesville backlash continues

Baltimore authorities remove Confederate statues overnight

The statues were removed at the behest of the City Council (Credit: Twitter @News4SA)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The authorities in Maryland have removed a series of Conferate statues, including one of Robert E Lee, in the wake of the incident in Charlottesville. 

In Virginia, a rally to protect the statues turned deadly after a car was rammed into a group of anti-fascist demonstrators over the weekend, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. 

In the wake of the incident, there have been renewed calls to remove Confederate monuments in other states and cities - and those calls have only been fuelled by Donald Trump's reaction to events.

In Baltimore, the city council voted to immediately remove a series of monuments unanimously on Monday (August 14). 

At least two busts have been taken down - depicting Lee and his fellow civil war general Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, as well as Supreme Court judge Roger B. Taney.

According to the Baltimore Mayor, Catherine Pugh, they will be sent to Confederate cemetaries for repositioning.

The removal is in line with the actions taken by a number of other US states to remove monuments which, some say, celebrate and legitimise slavery.