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Monument protesters gather at Durham courthouse to support defendants

Posted September 12

Protesters rallied outside the Durham courthouse on Tuesday morning as nine of the people charged for toppling a Confederate statue last month in the Bull City made court appearances.

— Protesters rallied outside the Durham County Courthouse on Tuesday morning as nine of the people charged with toppling a Confederate statue last month in the Bull City made court appearances.

The protesters handed out shirts bearing the words, "Do it like Durham," with a graphic of a statue being pulled down and the Aug. 14 date of the incident.

The rally was organized by the group Defend Durham, which is a network of many other groups, as part of what organizers called the "week of action." In a press release, the organization said the repeal of federal protections for young immigrants will be a focal point of the week and called on people in other cities across the country to hold events in solidarity.

The protesters marched toward Durham Central Park around 10:30 a.m.


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  • Charlie Watkins Sep 13, 4:21 a.m.
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    We should all be free to follow only the laws which we like.

    Drive 100 mph in a 35 mph zone. Steal some beer. Rob your neighbor.

    Live free and happy.

  • William Jones Sep 12, 5:26 p.m.
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    Based on when and why the Confederate statues were put up I feel they should be removed, but not by mob action. At the same time we should remember there is a group that has called for the eradication of homosexuals, Jews, and people of mixed race; considers Hitler a hero; believes in strict segregation; has met with the KKK several times to discuss their common goals; and is recognized by the Southern Poverty Law center as a hate group, yet they openly pass out their propaganda on the streets of Durham and no one protest.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Sep 12, 5:00 p.m.
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    Also by helping out to hurricane victims these are low life's that cause problems not solutions

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Sep 12, 4:54 p.m.
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    they are paid protesters by the left.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 12, 1:33 p.m.
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    The Durham mayor and the Durham police chief DO NOT CARE. They have shown over and over again that the citizens of Durham are on their own. God help Durham.

  • Sandy Smith Sep 12, 12:46 p.m.
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    Jeez....how can these people afford to take so much time off from work? They should get on a bus and head down to Florida where support is really needed. These statues have been up forever. What is the big deal all of a sudden? Are they going to rewrite the history books too? These people vandalized property. They should be punished. Oh, I forgot, this is Durham. No more than a slap on the hand if that!