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Confederate Statues Being Uncovered as Groups Rip Down Tarps

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, file photo, city workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:13 AM

Confederate statues covered in tarps are being uncovered, and officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down the tarps.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

NBC 29 reported Monday that rally organizer Jason Kessler led a group to remove tarps from both statues.

Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman said it's not a crime to remove the shrouds. But he said the fencing will allow authorities to file trespassing charges against anyone who goes beyond it.

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Confederate statues covered in tarps are being uncovered, and officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down the tarps.
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