Charlottsville protest in New Orleans Saturday

Don Ames
August 18, 2017 - 10:19 am
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The local group, 'Take 'Em Down NOLA' and Peoples Assembly plan another demonstration in New Orleans tomorrow. It comes in response to last weekend's violence in Charlottsville.

The group also calls for the arrests and prosecution of "all those who took part in this act of domestic terrorism."

'Take 'Em Down NOLA' coordinator Malcom Suber says Saturday's solidarity march and protest from Congo Square to Jackson Square is intended "...to show our support for the people of Charlottsville in their struggle to remove the Robert E. Lee monument."

He says it's also to honor Heather Heyer, the young woman killed in Charlottsville last weekend by what Suber calls the fascist element in our country. 

"What happened with Heather really exposes what the fascist movement, the Ku Klux Klan movement in this country, is all about." 

The group is also calling for the removal of additional monuments in New Orleans. "Andrew Jackson, Polk, George Washington, Bienville and  E.D. White, just to name a few," says Suber.

"Why would anybody, in this day and age, defend displaying these Confederate monuments which are seen as symbols of the fascist struggle in this country."

Suber says "Take 'Em Down NOLA stands in solidarity with the anti-white supremacy forces that waging struggles to remove all symbols of white supremacy throughout the country. 

"We're asking the City Council to pass an ordinance to get rid of the rest of the white supremacy and Confederate monuments, school names, street names and park names in the city."

Saturday's march and protest begins at 1 p.m. at Congo Square and ends at Jackson Square. 

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