Protesters swarmed a Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia Tuesday night, climbing and covering it with a black shroud and pro-Black Lives Matter signs.
UVA students, alumni, and community members comprised the Charlottesville, Va. protest group, which plastered the statue’s base with a sign reading “Black Lives Matter — F*** White Supremacy,” according to The Cavalier Daily.
Protestors surround shrouded statue of Thomas Jefferson pic.twitter.com/oEkoM5jGCO
— The Cavalier Daily (@cavalierdaily) September 13, 2017
“What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” chanted the protesters. “If we don’t get it? Shut it down!”
They carried signs saying “Hoos Against White Supremacy,” “F*** Silence,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “UVA Graduate Students In Solidarity.”
Although police officers were present, the shroud and sign remained on the statue following the protesters’ departure.
The protest has cleared, but the shroud on the Thomas Jefferson statue at the Rotunda remains. pic.twitter.com/BqYtCEtH5q
— Alexis Gravely (@_AlexisWasHere) September 13, 2017
The Charlottesville city council voted in August to cover its Robert E. Lee statue in black tarp, representing the city’s mourning of the death of Heather Heyer in the Charlottesville riot. (RELATED: VIDEO: Workers Cover Robert E. Lee Statue In Charlottesville)
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the University of Virginia for comment, but received none in time for publication.
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