Large crowds protest removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A large crowd gathered at Jackson Park to protest the removal of Confederate monuments.

Pro-statue protesters were met with pro-equality protesters on Saturday.

The protest was heated at times, including fights among the protesters.

The protest comes just a few months after the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson statues from their respective parks.

Protesters say the statue is about heritage, not hate.

"They want to not only remove our heritage for its supposed faults, but for its supposed virtues," said Evan Thomas, a pro-statue protester.

A judge halted the removal of the Lee statue for at least six months due to a pending lawsuit against the City of Charlottesville.

The judge did not make a ruling on the Jackson statue.

A hearing to decide the merits of the claims, where it could be learned if the lawsuit will be thrown out, will be held in June.

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