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the face of angry opposition>> Get out of here!>> dozens of Ku Klux Klan members and their supporters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday protesting a city council decision to remove this statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.>> These statues are history. They should be left alone.
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You can't erase history.>> The white supremacist group was outnumbered by 100s of counter protestors who waved signs denouncing racism.>> Black lives that matter here.>> Scores of police managed to keep the peace, though at times had escort some attendees away to ease tensions. The removal of the statue, which was tagged with graffiti overnight before the rally, was voted on in February.
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The bronze figure of Lee has been in the park for nearly a century, but after a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church in 2015, Confederacy statues and flags have come under fire. Critics say they foster racism by celebrating the pro-slavery South's leaders during the US Civil War, while supporters say they represent US history and regional heritage.