A statue of Hans Christian Heg, an anti-slavery activist who died in the Civil War fighting to end slavery, has been destroyed and thrown in a lake by protesters.
The statue of the anti-slavery hero was decapitated and then thrown into a lake after crowds gathered outside the Wisconsin State Capitol following the arrest of a man who shouted at restaurant customers with a megaphone and carrying a baseball bat.
Videos on social media show protesters throwing the statue into Lake Monona.
Hans Christian Heg was killed leading his troops in the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 for the Union in the Civil War.
Born in Norway in 1829, he immigrated to America in 1840 with his family. As a politician, he joined the Republican Party and was an outspoken anti-slavery activist.
He was the leader of the Wide Awakes, an anti-slave catcher militia. He sheltered the abolitionist Sherman Booth after he was made a federal fugitive for inciting a mob to rescue an escaped slave.
This however doesn’t seem to matter for the far-left activists when they tore down and decapitated his statue.
Norwegian politician Jens Frølich Holte reacted strongly to the news.
However, statues were not the only target of protesters. A politician was also attacked on Tuesday. Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was assaulted after taking photos of protesters.
“I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This comes after numerous statues around the world have been vandalized by protesters, including important historical figures such as George Washington and Winston Churchill.