A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in the US city of Charlottesville has been hoisted off its stone pedestalafter it was defaced.
Work to remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee began early Saturday morning. Crews were also expected to take down a second Confederate monumentThe businesses closed unde.
Spectators by the dozens lined the blocks surrounding the parkThough this suggestion is, and a cheer went up as the statue lifted off the pedestal.
There was a visible police presence, with streets blocked off to vehicular traffic by fencing and heavy trucks.