The scene in Wisconsin’s capital is one of political unrest.
Rioters are marching the street of Madison, tearing down statues and assaulting members of the state’s legislature.
The violence peaked on Tuesday evening, pouring into the early hours of Wednesday morning, as Governor Tony Evers put the Wisconsin National Guard on notice to protect statues in and around the Capitol and other state buildings.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Governor Tony Evers released a statement on Wednesday calling for an end to the violence.
“I want to be clear: violence against any person — whether in the middle of the street in broad daylight, at home trying to sleep, going for a run, or happening upon a protest as was the case last night — is wrong,” he said. “It should never be tolerated.”
According to the report, a crowd of 200-300 people participated in the destructive demonstrations that resulted in the tearing down of two statues.
“A molotov cocktail also was thrown into the Madison and Dane County administration building where the county jail sits,” the Journal-Sentinel reports.
And, from the report:
In Madison, statues of Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” and of Col. Hans Christian Heg were dragged away from their spots guarding the statehouse.
Heg was an anti-slavery activist who fought and died for the Union during the U.S. Civil War. His nearly 100-year-old sculpture was decapitated and thrown into a Madison lake by protesters.
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The original Forward statue was first placed in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol in 1895. Protesters tore down a replica that was commissioned in the 1990s.
Forward is “an allegory of devotion and progress,” according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 24, 2020
Statue of Hans Christian Heg, an anti-slavery activist and American Civil War soldier, was beheaded in Madison, Wis. and thrown in the lake. The Forward statue was also toppled. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kx0OTbcMyR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 24, 2020
Last night, rioters in Madison, WI tore down a statue called Forward—an early symbol of the Progressive Era—and another of Hans Christian Heg, an immigrant and abolitionist who was much wider awake than his woke vandals.
They don’t care what they destroy. pic.twitter.com/WVdfoUu53I
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) June 24, 2020
An immigrant anti-slavery activist who spent his adult life fighting for the abolition of slavery and died as a Union officer at the Battle of Chickamauga had his statue torn down by the marxist rioters tonight https://t.co/OmNUctytRq
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 24, 2020
So, by destroying a statue of an anti-slavery activist the far-left is now signaling that they disapprove of the ending of slavery >>>>> https://t.co/O2ZdodhyBS
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 24, 2020
Protesters just dumped the Hans Christian Heg statue into Lake Monona. pic.twitter.com/wW7rpKUsFQ
— Emily Hamer (@ehamer7) June 24, 2020