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Protesters Clash At The Jefferson Davis Confederate Monument

Laine Kaplan-Levenson
Police lined up from the monument to the road to allow confederate flag bearing protestors to safely exit site.

New Orleans has taken down one of the four confederate monuments slated for removal. Last night, protestors and counter protesters clashed at the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid City. 

A small group protesting the removal of the monuments stood guard over a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. They lit candles and waved confederate flags. Some were armed with assault weapons. A crowd of over 200 counter protesters joined the demonstration yelling ‘take ‘em down.’

Karen Alesich watched the scene from across the street as tensions rose.

“It’s almost like a re-enactment between the North and the South, see who wins the second battle. Am I right?”

Police made multiple arrests, escorted those guarding the Jefferson Davis monument off the premises, and dispersed the crowds.

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