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Confederate president Jefferson Davis statue torn down

Richmond, Virginia: A statue of Jefferson Davis has been torn down along Richmond, Virginia’s famed Monument Avenue by protesters.

Davis, from Mississippi, was president of the Confederate States of America for the duration of the American Civil War.

The statue was toppled shortly before 11pm on Wednesday (US time) and was on the ground in the middle of an intersection, news outlets reported. Richmond police were on the scene.

The statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, has been torn down.

The statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, has been torn down.Credit:AP

About 130 kilometres away, in Portsmouth, protesters beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument on Wednesday, according to media outlets.

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