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Monument to Lee removed at University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas quickly removed statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures overnight from the main area of the Austin campus, just hours after the school’s president ordered they be taken down. University President Greg Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that the statues will be removed, saying such monuments have become “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.” Crews worked through the night amid a heavy police presence. The school blocked off the area, and some arguments occurred among those gathered. But all the statues of Lee, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan were successfully taken down.

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