Protestors in Durham, N.C. got tired of waiting for local politicians to remove the Confederate monuments that can be found in many Southern states.  So they decided to make it their own responsibility. 

Footage has been shared thousands of times showing protestors tearing down the Confederate Soldiers Monument outside of the old Durham County courthouse. A protestor climbed up a ladder and tied a rope around it so that it could be pulled down moments later, folding in half on impact. Protestors then proceeded to stomp and spit on the crumbled mess.

The monument was originally erected in 1924. CNN reports that it had an engraving that read “In memory of the boys who wore gray” as a soldier stood on top of a concrete pillar with a gun on his shoulder.

It should be noted that most of the protestors captured on video are actually white, which supports the theory that the events of Charlottesville have become a spark for a new wave of activism and protest against bigotry and fascism. The Herald Sun reports that more than 100 protestors were present from the “Triangle People’s Assembly, Workers World Party, Industrial Workers of the World, Democratic Socialists of America and the antifa movement.”

The protestors actions won’t go unpunished, however. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews announced Tuesday that he’ll be seeking charges against the demonstrators, according to ABC11.

“Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority. As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct. With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue,”

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