Saturday 21 October 2017

Politician apologises over Confederate monuments decision 'lynching' comments

A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee is removed from Lee Circle on Friday (AP)
A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee is removed from Lee Circle on Friday (AP)

A Mississippi politician has said he was wrong to call for Louisiana leaders to be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.

Republican state representative Karl Oliver of Winona said he wants to apologise to his colleagues and to the state of Mississippi for his comments.

Mr Oliver triggered a wave of criticism after posting on his Facebook page on Saturday night that the destruction of the monuments is "heinous and horrific", and that Louisiana leaders should be lynched.

The post was in response to the removal of three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy in New Orleans.

Mr Oliver said he was expressing his "passion for preserving all historical monuments", but acknowledged that the word "lynching" is never appropriate.

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