Following the far-right protests and ensuing violence in the American city of Charlottesville, Virginia – turning on the decision by Charlottesville’s council to remove the statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee – and Donald Trump’s flailing, bad-tempered press conference, in which he backtracked on his condemnation of white supremacist protesters to berate elements of the ‘alt-left’, the calls for the removal of historical monuments glorifying the Confederate side of the American civil war have only intensified. Unsurprisingly, the events…
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