Experts expelled a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday, as protesters both for and against the monument done tense protests nearby.
Taking after showings and lengthy legitimate wrangles, the statue is one of four landmarks identifying with the Confederacy that is being evacuated by the Louisiana city.
Under heavy police presence, crews began to take down the statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday morning.
pro-monument supporters held vigil at the Davis statue and hoisted Confederate flags.
People who want to see the monuments removed also gathered at the site and cheered at the sight of heavy trucks and a crane moving into place. They chanted, “Take ’em down” and “White supremacy’s got to go.”
The opposing sides screamed insults and threats at one another as police separated them using barriers.
Police were forced to separate the two groups and there were reports of altercations. Some public transport was disrupted.
A large cheer erupted when the statue was finally lifted into the air. The term "Jefferson Davis" was also the top-trending term across the U.S. on Thursday morning.
The statue happens to be the second of four monuments that the city is removing because hey says they fail to " appropriately, reflect the values of diversity and inclusion that make New Orleans strong today."
The city said it wants to relocate them to a museum or another suitable facility.
"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," Mayor Landrieu said in a statement last month