Protesters Clash at the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis

Protesters on both sides of the debate to keep or remove the Confederate Memorial got into heated arguments which at points turned into violent confrontations in Forest Park today. The protesters for and against the monument came out in larger numbers than the past two events. By 6 pm police had made four arrests.

Joyce Fletcher from Clayton, Missouri who wants the memorial to stay in Forest Park said, “It was Confederate women who built this to remember fathers, sons, brothers. It should be treated like a cemetery”, as she placed flowers at the Confederate Memorial on Saturday before the rally began.

Volunteers for the Rally to Save American History set up tents, served food, and at points throughout the day, aided in crowd control. The event was organized by Peggy Hubbard who raised over $7,000 on GoFundMe for the rally. Hubbard said she wanted the event to be a unity rally and asked supporters of the Confederate Memorial to only bring American flags.

Another GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the Confederate Memorial to be moved by St. Louis City Treasurer Tishura Jones. the page says, “Since the City has cited a lack of funds as a reason for not removing the monument, I decided to launch a campaign to help raise the funds needed to remove the Confederate Memorial from Forest Park.” Jones also says on the page that, “I have received an offer to move the monument for the amount I am attempting to raise. As soon as it is approved, the funds will be released to the city to assist with relocation expenses.” As of today, the GoFundMe campaign has raised over $15,000 of the $25,000 offer to move the memorial.

 

A protester supporting the monument staying sets up flags before the Rally to Save American History begins in Forest Park on June 3, 2017.


A man stares at the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park before the Rally to Save American History begins in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Joyce Fletcher from Clayton, MO places flowers around the memorial in Forest Park before the rally in St. Louis on June 3, 2017. She said, “It was Confederate women who this to remember fathers, sons, brothers. It should be treated like a cemetery.”


Anti-monument protesters set up a tent across the street from the rally where there were large handpainted signs and this door with a quote from trans activist Miss Major.


Bikers who came to support the Confederate Memorial staying in Forest Park confront anti-monument protesters after they said that protesters were getting too close to their motorcycles in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Two bikers watch a group of anti-monument protesters pass by their motorcycles in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Organizer Peggy Hubbard tries to calm a biker as he yells at a protester that he said spit on his motorcycle in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A biker who supports the Confederate Memorial staying does a burnout in his motorcycle to drown out the protesters who want to take it down in Forest Park on June 3, 2017.


An anti-monument protester rips a Confederate flag during the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Two of the bikers who came in support of the rally hold up a Confederate flag near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


An anti-monument protester holds a sign that says “It Was About Slavery” across the street from the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Another biker who came in support of keeping the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park does a burnout in his motorcycle in front of anti-monument protesters in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


After police shut down Grand Drive in front of the Confederate Memorial, Black Lives Matter protesters stand with a banner in front of the police SUV blocking the street in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


St. Louis police officers stand between protesters and supporters of the Confederate Memorial on Grand Drive in Forest Park during the Rally to Save American History on June 3, 2017.


A supporter of keeping the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park is asked to put away his Confederate flag by organizers of the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Supporters attending the rally drive by the Confederate Memorial in a military style M35 cargo truck in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Protesters on both sides argue over a line of police on Confederate Drive near the memorial in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


An anti-monument protester steps on a small American flag as others stand on a Confederate flag near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Anti-monument protesters stand on a Confederate flag in front of the Confederate Monument during the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Protesters for and against keeping the Confederate Memorial argue with each other after the line of police moves in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A pro-monument protester argues with an anti-monument protester during the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Am anti-monument protester drags a police flag, an American flag, and a Confederate flag tied together near the Confederate Monument in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A volunteer for the rally points at someone who he says shoved him during an altercation at the anti-monument protest site across the street from the rally supporting the monument in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A police officer tries to step in when a protester supporting the monument tries to grab the flags that an anti-monument protester is dragging in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


After the pro-monument protester lets go of the flag he gets in a physical altercation with an anti-monument protester in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


An anti-monument protester is arrested for assaulting pro-monument protester for trying to take flags from another protester in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A pro-monument protester argues with an anti-monument protester who is holding a piece of a ripped Confederate Flag at the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A pro-monument protester holds up a ripped Black Lives Matter sign near the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Organizer of the Rally to Save American History Peggy Hubbard stands with a line of police who are trying to keep the two groups of protesters separated at the Confederate Monument in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


A protester supporting the Confederate Memorial staying in Forest Park yells at a counter-protester who went through the security fence around the monument in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


An anti-monument protester is arrested by police during a heated argument with the pro-monument protester who tried to take his flags earlier at the rally in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


the pro-monument protester gets arrested by police after a heated argument with the counter protester who’s flags he tried to take earlier at the rally in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.


Am anti-monument protester throws a ribbon placed at the Confederate Monument at a pro-monument protester during an argument during the Rally to Save American History in St. Louis on June 3, 2017.

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