Protesters call for Anniston mayor’s resignation over Gen. Robert E. Lee comments

By Associated Press

3:32 PM CST, February 25, 2009

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Protesters have called for Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson’s resignation over comments he made, including his support of a holiday celebrating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Anniston-based New Alabama Voters League rallied the crowd in front of city hall Tuesday. Protesters took issue with Robinson for saying he sees no problem with celebrating Lee’s birthday on the same day as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, since the state observes both.

The group’s director, the Rev. Freddy Rimpsey, asked for the mayor’s resignation during the city council’s public comment period Tuesday. Robinson said he would not resign.

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