John Miska attempts to remove the black tarp with which the City of Charlottesville covered the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
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Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally.Some of the crowd cheered as the cover was put in place.In front of TV cameras, the man starting arguing with others at the scene over what should be done with the statues and who was at fault for the violence that unfolded at the Aug. 12 rally.The decision to shroud the statues came at a city council meeting earlier this week. Irate residents packed the meeting, screaming and cursing at councilors over the city's response to the rally. The rally was sparked by the city council's vote earlier this year to take down the Lee statue.A state law passed in 1998 forbids local governments from removing, damaging or defacing war monuments, but there is legal ambiguity about whether that applies to statues such as the Lee monument, which was erected before the law was passed.
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