Dallas removes Confederate statue from city park

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said the Robert E. Lee monument was "a symbol of injustice"

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Dallas removes Confederate statue from city park

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Authorities in Dallas, Texas have removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from a pedestal in a park named for the Confederate general.

In a statement, the city’s mayor Mike Rawlings said the council had voted to tear down the four metre high monument which he described as a symbol of Injustice

The move was unannounced but police were on hand to provide protection and an escort for the large crane that was brought to Lee Park.

Dallas City Council voted on September 6 to remove the statue but was met with a series of delays, including a brief court stay obtained by a pro-Confederacy group and a collision between a semi-trailer and a crane assigned to remove the statue. The truck driver was killed.

It comes as month after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Lee statue.

One woman was killed during the protest when a suspected white nationalist drove a car into anti-racism demonstrators.