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20 May 2017, 02:08 | Laverne Osborne
Friday's removal effort comes after a long and divisive battle over whether old South emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage.
"Na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!" some in the crowd cheered as the statue was lowered onto a flatbed trailer.
(AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld). Anti-monument protesters Rose Hunter, left, and her son, Deshaun Washington make their case with pro-monument supporters, right, near the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue was prepared for removal fr. The opponents need to see the monuments for what they are: a fictional, sanitized view of American history, the mayor said.
"This cult had one goal and one goal only: through monuments and other means to rewrite history, to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity", he said.
"For those self-appointed defenders of history, and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to historical malfeasance - a lie by omission".
"It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America", he said.
New Orleans police keep watch over pro-monument protesters and anti-monument protesters Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as the Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans. "The cultural, economic, and spiritual loss to the city for having those statues up that have run people out of the city".
Rumors of the removal boiled over Thursday night with protesters flocking to Lee Circle before the city of New Orleans announced the removal of the final statue would take place at 9 a.m. Friday. Recent court rulings cleared the way for the monuments to be removed and relocated after spirited public debate. Though public scrutiny of such memorials has intensified since white supremacist Dylann Roof's June 2015 massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., the act of removing them is fraught with logistical, legal and ideological hurdles.
At one point earlier in the morning, a fight almost broke out after someone snatched an American flag from a monument supporter and hid it in a vehicle. There was a tense exchange as fellow monument supporters demanded the return of the flag. As the day went on, the crowd grew to about 100 people, the station reported.
The city's famed Uptown streetcar line wraps around the circle, and almost all Carnival parades traverse it near the end of their route.
The city had kept quiet about the timing of the earlier ones, citing what it said were threats that some had made toward contractors who would do the work.
Al Kennedy, who is white and a former New Orleans school board member, supported removal.
Almost two years after the whole Confederate monument drama started, P.G.T Beauregard is dow... It towered over the street also named after him.
Certain conditions apply, however; the statues can not be displayed outdoors on public property in New Orleans.
Landrieu plans to address city residents later in the afternoon.
In Orlando, Florida, people showed up Monday at a city council meeting waving Confederate flags in protest of the mayor's decision to remove a "Johnny Reb" statue from a city park.
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