MCDONOUGH, Georgia, USA (AP) – Operators removed a Confederate monument from its pedestal in Georgia overnight.
With the help of a crane, operatives began removing the memorial from McDonough Square on Tuesday night and finished early Wednesday morning, WSB-TV reported.
The Henry County Commission voted to remove the statue, which had been in the same location for more than 100 years, earlier this month amid protests against racism and police brutality across the United States.
Several security agencies were present during the withdrawal. One person was arrested and protesters surrounding the statue were forced to retreat to a sidewalk, WAGA-TV reported.
The withdrawal coincides with other Confederate symbols and other figures, many considered racist, across the country.
A law passed by Governor Brian Kemp last year protects Confederate symbols from being altered or removed but, increasingly, local leaders are taking action after protests over the murder of George Floyd and other African-Americans.