Hundreds attend Take Em Down NOLA march on Saturday
NEW ORLEANS - The deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia has pushed Take Em Down NOLA to organize a march one week later in New Orleans.
WWL reports that the group, which pushes for the removal of the city's Confederate monuments, marched from Congo Square to Jackson Square as part of its demonstration.
"If you've noticed this week, in every other city just like that there. Baltimore took down four statues in one night. Lexington, Kentucky just took down two statues. And so people are not waiting. They know that history has said that these things were offensive and represented white supremacy," co-founder Malcolm Suber told WWL.
The New Orleans Police Department set up barricades in front of Jackson Square as a part of safety measures and locked the gates of the square as well. The department said officers are trained to use the highest standards to protect people and property.
NOPD also said it was prepared to take the necessary precautions to ensure public safety, while also allowing people to exercise their first amendment rights.
The City of New Orleans said it respects the constitutional right for residents to exercise free speech, however want all demonstrations to remain peaceful.