Protesters on Both Sides Face Off at Confederate Memorial in St. Louis

Protesters for and against taking down the Confederate Memorial faced off at the monument in Forest Park on Tuesday afternoon. A protest organized on Facebook was canceled due to weather, but groups of protesters still showed up to advocate for their causes. Arguments between the two groups got tense at points, but the protests stayed mostly peaceful. A few hours after protesters left the monument was vandalized with spray paint.

I spoke briefly with Bill Hannegan who’s great grandfather was on the St. Louis City Council that allowed the land in Forest Park to be used for the memorial. He runs the Preserve the Confederate Monument in Forest Park Facebook page and wants the memorial to stay. He also said that he has an interested buyer for the monument, but damage and vandalism will make it more difficult to sell.

There are two more protests planned on May 30 and June 3 at the same location.

 

Protesters against the Confederate Memorial walk up to a line of supporters as they arrive at the statue in Forest Park. St. Louis, MO May 23, 2017.

Protesters against the Confederate Memorial walk up to a line of supporters as they arrive at the statue in Forest Park. St. Louis, MO May 23, 2017.

A protester holds a sign that says My Rebs Were Wrong while standing in front of the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on Mat 23, 2017.

A protester jumps over the barricade around the Monument in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

Protesters climb the monument after the fence surrounding it is pulled open. St. Louis May 23, 2107.

An anti-monument protester grabs two Confederate flags placed on the fence around the memorial by supporters in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

An anti-monument protester who grabbed two Confederate flags placed on the fence around the memorial runs into Forest Park as he is chased by supporters in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

A St. Louis City police officer closes the fence around the Confederate Memorial after separating protesters for and against taking down the monument on May 23, 2017.

Protesters who went past the barricade placed Black Lives Matter signs on the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

Anti-monument protesters chant at supporters and police after a group of officers moves into the area to keep the groups separated in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

Two anti-monument protesters hold a banner in front of the Confederate Memorial that reads “Monumental Misrepresentation #TakeitdownSTL” in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

A protester that supports keeping the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park blows cigarette smoke into the face of a protester that supports taking it down. St. Louis, MO May 23, 2017.

After an argument between protesters gets heated, police stand between the groups to try to calm the situation. St. Louis, MO May 23, 2017.

During a lull in the protest, a child sits on the fence surrounding the Confederate Monument in St. Louis on May 23, 2107.

After police leave the area anti-monument protesters take down more of the fence surrounding the memorial in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

More protesters move closer and others climb onto the monument after the security fence is taken down in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

Police move back into the park and tell protesters to get off the monument as they set the fence surrounding it back up in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

As the size of both of the protest groups shrinks and the police leave, anti-monument protesters take down the fence again and write on the memorial with chalk in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

As the size of both of the protest groups shrinks and the police leave, anti-monument protesters take down the fence again and write on the memorial with chalk in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

As the size of both of the protest groups shrinks and the police leave, anti-monument protesters take down the fence again and write on the memorial with chalk in St. Louis on May 23, 2017.

Anti-monument protesters are pushed back after they placed pieces of the security fence around a monument supporter’s car. St. Louis, May 23, 2017.

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