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USA: New Orleans rips down disputed Confederate monument amid rival protests01:00

USA: New Orleans rips down disputed Confederate monument amid rival protests

United States, New Orleans
May 11, 2017 at 12:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Opposing groups of demonstrators took their separate stations by the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans on Thursday morning, as they voiced their respective support or objections to the removal of the Confederate monument.

Protesters stood behind barriers in two different groups as police stood on duty in the clearing, waiting for the completion of the statue's removal. Pro-monument supporters viewed the statue as historically important while anti-monument protesters claimed that the Confederate statue was a symbol of white supremacy and a legacy of the slave trade.

The City Council voted to remove the Jefferson monument along with three other Confederate statues in December 2015. The statues were erected after the American Civil War (1961-1865). They were built in commemoration of the 'Lost Cause' set of beliefs, which viewed the American Civil War as honourable in its plight to protect the Southern way of life that included, at the time, the use of slaves.

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Opposing groups of demonstrators took their separate stations by the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans on Thursday morning, as they voiced their respective support or objections to the removal of the Confederate monument.

Protesters stood behind barriers in two different groups as police stood on duty in the clearing, waiting for the completion of the statue's removal. Pro-monument supporters viewed the statue as historically important while anti-monument protesters claimed that the Confederate statue was a symbol of white supremacy and a legacy of the slave trade.

The City Council voted to remove the Jefferson monument along with three other Confederate statues in December 2015. The statues were erected after the American Civil War (1961-1865). They were built in commemoration of the 'Lost Cause' set of beliefs, which viewed the American Civil War as honourable in its plight to protect the Southern way of life that included, at the time, the use of slaves.

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