The FAA Has Temporarily Banned Drones Around The Robert E. Lee Statue In Richmond

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Protesters climb on the base of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue on June 6, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. The statue is set to be taken down on Sept. 8, 2021.

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Virginia Supreme Court Rules The State Can Remove Statue Of Robert E. Lee

News of the temporary ban comes as the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled unanimously last week that the Commonwealth could take down the statue of the confederate general.

In June 2020, just days after the death of George Floyd, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the decision to remove the Lee statue from the Virginia Capitol grounds — as Floyd’s death sparked protests over police brutality and racism across the United States.

After Floyd’s death, the statue became the focal point of a protest movement across the Commonwealth.

«The Commonwealth has been preparing for this moment for many months,» Northam said in a statement after the court’s decision. «This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth.»

Confederate Monument That Sparked Deadly Charlottesville Rally To Be Removed Saturday

Preparations for the removal will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday with crews installing protective fencing around the streets where the statue currently stands. The fencing will remain in place until the removal is complete, according to state officials.

Once the statue is down, state officials say it will be placed in «secure storage at a state-owned facility» until officials come to a decision about its future.

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