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In the wee hours of Monday morning, a day celebrated as Confederate Memorial Day in other southern states, workers dressed in black vests and wearing pieces of cloth to cover their faces removed a monument in New Orleans. The removal began just before 1:30 a.m. Eastern, after a small group of protesters departed from the monument and a wave of officers with the New Orleans Police Department barricaded points of entry to the monument, The Times-Picayune reported.
Snipers were stationed on the parking deck looking down at the monument. Just before 2:15 a.m., two flatbed trucks arrived at the monument, carrying equipment to haul it away. The name of the company on the truck's sides was concealed by tape and cardboard, and the workers wore black vests, yellow helmets, and pieces of cloth to cover their faces. Just before 3 a.m., workers started drilling to remove the obelisk. The monument was driven away around 5:35 a.m.
Other monuments slated for removal include the Robert E. Lee statue, the Jefferson Davis statue, and the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue. Mayor Landrieu signed an ordinance calling for the removal of these four monuments in December 2015, and members of the City Council voted 6-1 in support of it. That ordinance formally declared all four statues to be "nuisances pursuant to Section 146-611 of the City Code of New Orleans."
Each of the four monuments in question had been vandalized, with "Black Lives Matter" spray-painted on the Beauregard statue in 2015. Opposition to the removals also ran strong, with a lawsuit seeking to halt the removal reaching the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in March. Ultimately, the suit was struck down.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement Monday declared:
"The removal of these statues sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of New Orleans and the nation: New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance. This is not about politics, blame or retaliation. This is not a naïve quest to solve all our problems at once. This is about showing the whole world that we as a city and as a people are able to acknowledge, understand, reconcile .....and most importantly......choose a better future."Diversity, Inclusion and Tolerance?
New Orleans is one of the unique cities in America. Because of it location, it's culture and it's commerce, it became one of the important players in the making of early America. The site of two great battles of American History, had N.O. not fallen in the civil war, that conflict would have continued on for years. That is a large part it's it's rich history. Now the city is one of the few democrat strongholds in the South. After the disastrous handling of Katherina by that power base, they turned a Blue state almost solid Red.
The Landrieu family and it's leftist base have slowly turned a rich cultural city into a hell hole, and they are not finish with her yet.
The three other monuments are slated to be removed this week, also under the cover of darkness, with snipers at the ready.
(Crazy Cousin Olivia)