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Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson said he's 'fine' with removing Confederate statues


Gen. Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson has spoken out against the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

He told CNN's Polo Sandoval that he's okay with local lawmakers removing Confederate statues.

"Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard," Robert E. Lee V told CNN.

The Charlottesville City Council voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park once known as Lee Park. That made the city a target for white supremacists, who converged the park over the weekend to show their opposition to the city's decision. The rally quickly turned violent when white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters.

"Those sorts of acts on Saturday, that's just not to be tolerated," Robert E. Lee V told CNN. "We feel strongly that Gen. Lee would never ever stand for that sort of violence."

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