Second Round of Protests at Confederate Memorial in St. Louis

For the second time in two weeks, a demonstration was held to advocate for the removal of the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. The number of people on both sides was smaller than last week, with just a few counter-protesters who want the monument to stay and a couple dozen who want it to go. After the protest started a group of anti-monument protesters marched to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park to pass out educational pamphlets to people attending the Twilight Tuesdays concert series being held by the museum. At first police and museum security would not let the protesters onto the property, but let them through after a few minutes.

On Saturday a demonstration called “Rally to Save American History” will be held in Forest Park at the monument. Event organizer Peggy Hubbard says she wants it to be a unity rally and is asking supporters to not bring confederate flags to the event. The demonstration will start with a motorcycle ride from the Halfway Haus bar to the memorial on Saturday morning.

 

The Confederate Memorial in Forest Park in St. Louis was vandalized the night before a planned protest on May 30, 2017.

The Confederate Memorial in Forest Park in St. Louis was vandalized the night before a planned protest on May 30, 2017.

The Confederate Memorial in Forest Park in St. Louis was vandalized the night before a planned protest on May 30, 2017.

Bill Hannegan who runs the runs the Preserve the Confederate Monument in Forest Park Facebook page stands next to the monument with a sign that says “ISIS Destroys Statues Too, Mayor Krewson” St. Louis, May 30, 2017.

The security fence set up around the Confederate Memorial after the monument was vandalized the night before. St. Louis, May 30, 2017.

Protesters taped up a banner to a security fence in front of the Confederate Monument during a protest in St. Louis, MO May 30, 2017.

A protester climbs onto the Confederate Memorial to place a Black Lives Matter sign on the statue during a protest on May 30, 2017.

Protesters climb onto the Confederate Memorial to place a torn American flag on the statue during a protest on May 30, 2017.

A counter-protester climbs on the monument to take down the flag and Black Lives Matter sign that the protesters put on it. St. Louis May 30, 2017.

A tug of war over a flag between anti-monument protesters, pro-monument protesters, and a photographer at the security fence around the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

An anti-monument protester holds his hand up, not wanting to have his photo taken, at the Confederate Monument in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Protesters climb back onto the Confederate Memorial to place a Black Lives Matter sign and ripped American flag on the statue during a protest on May 30, 2017.

A protester sits on the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis during a protest on May 30, 2017.

Protesters stand in front of Bill Hannegan’s sign near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

A group of protesters leaves the monument to hand out educational pamphlets at the Twilight Tuesdays concert series at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Protesters argue with security and police at the Twilight Tuesdays concert series at the Missouri History Museum after they are stopped from walking onto museum property in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Protesters march on the sidewalk around the museum and pass out pamphlets after police allow them on to museum property during theTwilight Tuesdays concert series at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

More protesters gather at the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis after the action at the concert is over on May 30, 2017.

Anti-monument protesters stand on a pro-monument sign near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Anti-monument protesters stand on a pro-monument sign near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

A police officer steps in between protesters after a fight breaks out during a demonstration at the Confederate Monument in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Protesters stand on a ledge of the Confederate Memorial holding anarchist and anti-fascists flags at a demonstration in St. Louis on May 30, 2017.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s