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Demonstrators March Through Georgia Confederate Park

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On Saturday, a predominately black group of almost 200 people spoke out at Stone Mountain Park, where large Confederate carvings of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson reside.

Videos posted online showed scores of protesters dressed in black and wearing face scarves during the protest.

11Alive.com reported the group were calling for the removal of Confederate-era monuments.

One of the men had a loudspeaker and is heard calling out right-wing groups.

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"I don't see no white militia", he said. We're in your house.

Numerous protesters carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. "It's time for our state to get on the right side of history".

According to Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesman John Bankhead, there were between 100 and 200 protesters at the site on July 4, adding that they were peaceful.

The protests come as calls to remove Confederate monuments were reignited after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody in May.

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Nine stories high and spanning the length of a football field, the bas-relief Stone Mountain sculpture carved into a granite wall overlooking the Georgia countryside some 25 miles (40 km) east of Atlanta remains the largest such monument to America's Civil War Confederacy.

The park where the demonstrators made their stand is highly controversial thanks to a large carving of Confederates Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

Stone Mountain has long held symbolism for white supremacists. Klansmen still hold occasional gatherings in the shadows of the edifice, albeit now met with protesters behind police tape.

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