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運営事務局 JIMOPLE 31 June 21, 2020
People stand around the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters on June 19 in Washington.
People stand around the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters on June 19 in Washington. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters in Washington DC toppled the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike on Friday, according to reporting from CNN affiliate WJLA.

The statue stood in the city's Judiciary Square neighborhood.

A video showed the monument teetering with yellow ropes tied around it before it hit the ground at around 11.15 p.m. ET.

Minutes later the statue was seen lying in the grass, burning and covered in graffiti. Protesters appeared to take turns adding items to the fire as the statue burned.

"It's almost a sign of equalism, now we're getting back our freedom and our rights, symbolizing people you know, stand for us, stand for our culture, not stand for things that been passed in America that's been viewed as hateful," one protester at the scene told WJLA.

Police officers were at the scene but did not attempt to arrest any of the protesters.

CNN has reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for comment. 

Donald Trump sharply criticized the DC police over the demonstration.

"The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn," the US president wrote on Twitter.

"These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!"

Pike was the Confederate Indian commissioner and military commander of Indian Territory during the US Civil War, according to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Confederate monuments have become a flashpoint for the Black Lives Matter protests. A 30-foot obelisk in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur was also removed just before midnight Thursday after a judge ordered its removal.