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Armed protesters call for removal of giant Confederate carving

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The sculpture in Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park features General Robert E. Lee, Confederate president Jefferson Davis and General Stonewall Jackson.

A carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Georgia (John Bazemore/AP)

A large group of armed protesters marched through the US state of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, calling for the park’s massive Confederate carving to be removed.

The predominantly black demonstrators spoke out against the huge sculpture depicting General Robert E. Lee, Confederate president Jefferson Davis and General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, WXIA-TV reported.

Carved into a granite mountain, the bas-relief sculpture is the largest Confederate monument ever crafted.

Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesman John Bankhead said there were between 100 and 200 protesters.

He said the protesters, many of whom carried large rifles, were peaceful.

Although the park has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists, the city of Stone Mountain nowadays has a majority-black population.

The park usually holds a Fourth of July laser show and fireworks display with the carving as a backdrop, but this year’s presentation was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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