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Solange quits Twitter, but gives shoutout to Durham protester who took down statue

With a rope and ladder, protesters bring Confederate statue to the ground

Video: A ladder and strong rope were used to swiftly pull a Confederate statue to the ground during an ‘Emergency Durham Protest’ at the old Durham County Courthouse in response to the violent protests Saturday in Charlottesville, on Monday, Aug.
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Video: A ladder and strong rope were used to swiftly pull a Confederate statue to the ground during an ‘Emergency Durham Protest’ at the old Durham County Courthouse in response to the violent protests Saturday in Charlottesville, on Monday, Aug.

Singer Solange deleted her Twitter account this week – but not before expressing solidarity with the Durham protestor who has been arrested for her role in tearing down a Confederate statue in Durham Monday.

Solange Knowles’ final tweet came Tuesday night and concluded by asking, “When we gonna pull up? & what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?”

Thompson, a 22-year-old activist and N.C. Central University student, faces charges for her alleged role in Monday’s destruction of a 1924 Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham.

Solange sent her last tweet at 8:15 p.m. after Thompson, a member of Workers World Party, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a press conference at NCCU. She was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors after she was recorded on video climbing a ladder to tie a rope around the statue, which subsequently brought the statue down.

Solange, the sister of superstar Beyoncé, subsequently made a lengthy Instagram post in which she explained she had deleted her Twitter because she’s “been trying to practice self preservation during this time.” She also used a string of expletives against white supremacists and monuments and said her son’s first day of school has occurred in the midst of troublesome images.

The post has since been deleted.

Takiyah Thompson, a member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University is arrested after activists held a press conference at NC Central University Tuesday afternoon, August 15, 2017. In a release Thompson said she was the one wh

Solange is headlining the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh in just a few weeks. She will perform at Red Hat Amphitheater Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m.

Takiya Thompson tells reporters why she chose to climb a Confederate statue in Durham and attach a rope to help pull the statue over. Thompson was arrested after holding a press conference on the campus of N.C. Central University, where she is a

As of Thursday, eight people have been charged in connection with the toppling of the statue, which followed the protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

Thursday, four more people turned themselves in at the Durham County’s magistrate’s office as activists gathered again to show their support.

They have been charged with a variety of misdemeanors – including damage to real property and defacing a public monument – and two felonies – participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot where there is property demand in excess of $1,500. All four have been released on unsecured $10,000 bonds, which means they didn’t have to put money up to be released.

Protesters celebrate after pulling down a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C. Monday afternoon Aug. 14, 2017.

Virginia Bridges contributed.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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