Statue General Lee removed from American parliament

A statue of the controversial American General Robert E. Lee has been removed from the American Parliament building, the Capitol, in Washington. The step follows months of protests by the Democrats.

Earlier this year, the party of future President Joe Biden asked for the removal of a series of images of men who did not want to abolish slavery in the 19th century, such as Lee.

According to the Democratic headpiece Nancy Pelosi, the statues are a ‘symbol of hate’ and a โ€œgrotesque insultโ€ to the ideals of American democracy and freedom, she believes.

Lee was commander in chief of the Confederation of Southern States during the American Civil War (1861-1865). They fought the rest of the United States and lost the battle. Slavery was then officially abolished.