New Orleans begins to remove second Confederate monument

Dozens of people - a crowd of monument supporters, and a crowd supporting its removal - gathered at the Davis statue early Thursday before it was removed, at times screaming insults and threats at each other.

The City remains secretive about plans to address remaining monuments. "Given the current lawsuit and complexity of the matter, we continue to review the Park's position and can not comment further at this time".

The figure of Jefferson Davis is removed from its base as police stand watch over demonstrators both for and against the removal of confederate era statues in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

"Of the four that we will move, this statue is perhaps the most blatant affront to the values that make America and New Orleans strong today".

The first to go was the Battle of Liberty Place monument, which commemorated not a Civil War clash but a white supremacist-led insurrection during Reconstruction.

"After almost two years of planning and court battles, City officials began the process today of removing the three remaining monuments that prominently celebrate the 'Lost Cause of the Confederacy.' The statues that are being removed were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the 'Cult of the Lost Cause, ' a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy", Landrieu said in a statement.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city should "not be afraid to confront and reconcile" its past when it comes to the Confederacy and the monuments that "revere it". Take Em Down NOLA said the statues are symbols of white supremacy. "They got the workers who are taking it down dressed in black jackets, helmets and their faces are covered, to us that's cowardice", one person there told CNN affiliate WVUE-TV. Also slated for removal is the statue of Robert E. Lee at the city's iconic Lee Circle. Davis was president of the Confederate States of America, a group of states that seceded from the US and led to the Civil War. It was built in 1884 after 14 years of fundraisers and negotiations, the University of New Orleans says.

Rumors have surfaced several times over the past week and a half that the Davis monument was about to be taken down.

The 6-foot-tall bronze statue stands atop a roughly 12-foot tall column in a street also named after Davis.

Lee and Beauregard were generals in the Confederate Army. He died in New Orleans in 1893.

The group said they have new documents that show City Park, not the city of New Orleans, owns the statue.

There's no word of any physical confrontation, but plenty of slandering from both sides as the argument continues over what should be done with the monuments.

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