A group of students have toppled a controversial century-old statue of a Confederate soldier at a US university.
“Silent Sam”, a monument at the University of North Carolina (UNC), was brought down amid a high-energy protest.
Around 250 demonstrators initially covered the figure with grey sheets and hung a sign around it “dedicated to those who fight white supremacy”.
Video footage then shows a large circle of students jostling to unseat the 105-year-old statue, which falls to the ground.
Students can be seen hugging and cheering, with one placing a cap on the sculpture dedicated to Confederate-supporting alumni of the university killed in the American civil war.
Another protester is seen throwing chunks of dirt at its head.
Chancellor Carol L Folt said in a statement that the statue had been “divisive for years” and that its presence “has been a source of frustration for many people”.
But she called the action to remove it “unlawful and dangerous”, adding “we are very fortunate no-one was injured”.
Police are investigating and assessing the extent of the damage.
Social media users highlighted the statue’s controversy by sharing a speech from its unveilling by UNC trustee Julian Carr.
He had said: “100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds.
“Because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.”
Other social media users protested the statue being pulled down, one writing: “A mob decided what everyone else is allowed to see.”
In April 2018, the statue was targeted by another protester who daubed red paint on it.
It comes amid a movement in the US to tear down statues dedicated to Confederate leaders and soldiers.
The violent scenes in Charlottesville last year came when white supremacists held a rally around the statue of Robert E Lee.
Donald Trump said in the aftermath that US history and culture was being “ripped apart” by the removal of statues.
Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson has called for all Confederate status to be removed and described them as “unfinished business in our country”.
He told Sky News: “There are no Hitler statues in Germany today or neo-Nazi material flying around.”