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New Orleans begins controversial removal of Confederate monuments

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In the dark of night, workers wearing masks and tactical vests arrived Monday at New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument to take it down.

Police snipers were positioned on nearby rooftops, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper. Company names on trucks and equipment were covered with cardboard and black tape to protect contractors involved in the controversial operation.

It was the first of four scheduled relocations of Confederate memorials in New Orleans after years of heated public debate and legal battles. City officials have attempted to move the monuments since 2015 amid opposition from pro-monument groups and threats against workers. A federal judge in Louisiana affirmed the city's right to move them in March and the city secured private funding to do so.

Because of threats and security risks, the city will not publicly disclose details for the next three removals. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said the statues will go to storage while the city looks for a suitable venue to display them, such as a museum.

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'Bout friggin' time!

The South should have remained under Federal occupation and rule until the whole Lost Cause notion was wiped out. More Confederate military and political leaders traitors should have been hung or imprisoned until the misapprehension that there was anything noble about their cause was eliminated.

The entire Confederacy should have been treated the same way the Nazi party was in Germany after WWII. Display of Confederate flags and raising of monuments to the Confederacy should have been forbidden. The KKK should have never been allowed to even begin.

This was an enormous moral failure that can be laid squarely in the lap of the Republican party. The Presidential election of 1876 was disputed and finally settled in Congress, as the Constitution dictates. The Compromise of 1877 allowed Samuel Tilden's Democratic supporters in Congress to vote for the Republican Rutherford B. Hayes with a promise that Federal occupation of the South would end if they, the Democrats, would vote for the Republican Hayes.

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