August 18, 2017 / 7:04 PM / a month ago

Charlottesville mayor wants special session to remove Confederate statue

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlottesville’s mayor called on Friday for a special session of Virginia’s legislature to let localities determine the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the centre of a far-right rally that turned deadly there last weekend.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement that whether the monuments go to museums, cemeteries or elsewhere, “it is clear that they no longer can be celebrated in shared civic areas, like Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.”

Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by James Dalgleish

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