N.C. Activist & College Student Who Helped Tear Down Confederate Statue Arrested on Felony Charges

Police arrested a 22-year-old activist who helped tear down a Confederate statue in North Carolina on Monday – following the deadly car attack at a rally of white nationalists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Authorities said Takiyah Thompson tied a rope around the neck of a statue of an armed Confederate soldier before she, along with a cheering crowd, pulled it to the ground, CBS News reports.

Those looking to help Takiyah can call Durham, NC, District Attorney to demand that charges be dropped against her and all anti-racists protesters: 919-808-3010. You can also donate to the bail fund: http://Durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund

She was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, damage to real property, felony participation in riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and felony inciting others to riot, jail records show.

Her bond was set at $10,000 and Durham’s World Worker’s Party has set up a legal defense fund to help fight her case. The arrest came shortly after the protesters spoke out about the act in a news conference at North Carolina Central University.

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