Charlottesville want to decide on contentious statues

Charlottesville want to decide on contentious statues

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The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, would that legally, it is possible that a municipality’s policy, determines in respect of monuments that remind of the southern Confederacy from the American civil war.

Signer has governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia Friday requested as soon as possible a general meeting of House and Senate to write to the proposal in the law to anchor.

The impending removal of a statue of general Robert E. Lee, the leader of the southern states who were against abolition of slavery were led last week to a march of right-wing extremists, which degenerated into chaos in the city with dead and wounded.

Signer said in a statement it is best to consider memorials to a museum, cemeteries or the like, but that it is now clear, though, is that “they no longer service can do for a tribute in public places for common use such as the shopping center of Charlottesville”.


Signer is also calling for legislation that the carrying of weapons, openly or concealed, are prohibited during certain public meetings.

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