New Orleans begins removal of third Confederate monument

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A saw cut into the statue's base where it meets the pedestal as crews hovered above in cherry pickers to strap Beauregard to a crane using yellow straps.

But doing away with the monuments has met with staunch resistance from groups who argue that the statues are nevertheless important symbols of the city's Southern heritage.

NOLA.com reports one demonstrator was assaulted by a pro-monument supporter before the removal happened.

"When I was a little girl the statue was something fun that I drove by on my way to school", said Janet Rupert, a supporter of removing the monuments.

Since then, New Orleans has been the most prominent city to take down memorials to Confederate soldiers, led by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who has forcefully pushed forward a plan first passed by the city council in 2015.

An estate in MS is offering to take the Confederate monuments that the city of New Orleans is taking down. "As we near our City's 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion". A woman was also arrested shortly after the statue was lifted up when she came ashore from a kayak in Bayou St. John near the monument. The statue of P.G.T. Beauregard that once stood at the entrance to New Orleans' City Park is now gone. No date has been set for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Circle.

The process to remove P.G.T. Beauregard statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park has begun. The public is encouraged to be safe, patient and prepared for disruptions to vehicular and pedestrian access to streets in surrounding areas.

Citizens have a right to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful protest. Three people were detained for public drunkenness and arson for burning small flags, though one woman was later released. The push to take down the monuments has gained momentum since Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, opened fire in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C.in 2015 and killed nine churchgoers. Details on any route changes are available at www.norta.com. The city has not given a time frame for Lee's removal due to "intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain".

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu first proposed the removal of Confederate monuments in 2015, and the city council approved the decision a year ago. The city already has removed the statue of the Confederacy's only president and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city.

"I think now as they stand without any context, they are an endorsement of a shameful past", Mayor Levar Stoney said.

Efforts to remove Confederate statues are underway in other parts of the South.

But backlash has been building against removing Confederate monuments.

As Confederate monuments are coming down in the Southern United States, even further south, in South America, the Confederacy lives on in a different way.

Last week, the city removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

For supporters, the works are a way to remember and honor history.

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