Confederate statue tear down
Workers World Party Durham Branch, August 15, 2017
Statement on arrest of our comrades: on the eve of the arrest of Takiyah Thompson.
- "Confederate statues aren't just hunks of metal and concrete. They represent the roots and history of a system of white supremacy that disenfranchises, murders, displaces and harms Black and Brown people up through today. If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right. Love does not trump hate. It hasn't taken down any Confederate statues or stopped any of the racist and fascist violence that people in Charlottesville, Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore and every where face every day. Only organized people's power will take down white supremacy. Through racist drug laws and the prison industrial complex, cops do the paid work of white supremacy. The Trump regime has emboldened these racists."
Takiyah Thompson, member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University, who climbed to the top of the statue to tie a rope around it's neck before the crowd tore it down:
- "The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue. We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted."
We demand: 1. The Durham County Commissioners, the Durham Sheriff's office and District Attorney's office drop the charges and stop investigating anti-racist activists involved with August 14 action. 2. That the City of Charlottesville drop charges against anti-racist protesters from August 12. 3. Governor Roy Cooper expedite the removal of all Confederate statues across the state. 4. The Durham County Commissioners and City Council attend public forums to allow the community to speak-out about their concerns for public displays of the Confederacy. 5. Abolish the police, prisons, ICE and the Pentagon -- tear down all institutions of White Supremacy! Black Lives Matter!
More protesters were arrested Wednesday August 15 2017, for participating in a demonstration that toppled a Confederate statue in North Carolina, and more monuments were vandalized as well.
The statue in Durham came down Monday night when a protester Takiyah Thompson climbed a ladder to attach a rope and others on the ground pulled the bronze soldier from its pedestal.
On Wednesday morning, Dante Strobino and Ngoc Loan Tran were led away in handcuffs when they came to a court hearing for Takiyah Thompson, the woman who climbed the ladder. Another demonstrator, Peter Gull Gilbert, was arrested later.
The Durham County Sheriff’s office said all four arrested so far were charged with two felonies related to inciting and participating in a riot that damaged property, along with two misdemeanors.