University of Texas at Austin removing statues of four figures tied to Confederacy

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Posted: Aug 21, 2017 1:37 AM

(Reuters) - The University of Texas at Austin is removing the statues of four figures tied to the Confederacy, the school's president said in a statement late on Sunday.

"Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation," school president Greg Fenves said in a statement.

"These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism," he added.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Nick Macfie)