Baked Alaska, David Duke, and other key figures in the alt-right are supposed to be in New Orleans today to protest the kowtowing to Negro and leftist demands that are seeing the removal of one Confederate monument after another under the orders of Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Guns banned, Lee Circle streets blocked for Confederate monument demonstrations
Guns will be banned and streets around Lee Circle closed Sunday at mid-day (May 7) for demonstrations around the pending removal of three Confederate monuments in New Orleans, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said. Authorities will be keeping a close eye on Lee Circle, Congo Square and the Jefferson Davis monument because large crowds are expected and some people have made “credible threats” to public safety.
At a news conference Saturday night, Harrison said officers will be out “in force” to monitor the protests. He said Lee Circle and one block of every street intersecting it will be closed to traffic. Service on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, which loops around the circle, will be suspended at about 11 a.m. “for a certain time,” he said. He advised motorists to avoid the area.
“We certainly respect everyone’s right to assemble and to protest peacefully,” Harrison said. “However, we will not tolerate violence, and we will not tolerate threats.”
Due to threats, Harrison said, police plan to separate pro- and anti-monument protestors at Lee Circle, Congo Square and the Jefferson Davis monument. He did not elaborate on how officers would do so. Nor did he elaborate on the threats had been made, other than to say they have been made against both groups and individuals.
Tension in New Orleans has mounted since the Battle of Liberty Place obelisk was removed early on the morning of April 24, part of an initiative by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, backed by the City Council, to rid New Orleans of what some consider to be symbols of a racist society. Supporters consider the monuments part of history, and their removal an attempt to erase it.
Protestors on both sides clashed at the Jefferson Davis statute this week, prompting police to barricade it. Barricades also appeared Friday afternoon at Lee Circle.
Landrieu has said statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederacy President Jefferson Davis will come down sometime after the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wraps ends Sunday.
The Lee monument stands in the center of Lee Circle, the Beauregard statue at an eastern entrance to City Park and the Davis memorial on Jefferson Davis Parkway at Canal Street. None is in Congo Square, which is on Louis Armstrong Park and was where enslaved African Americans were allowed in the 19th century to congregate on their day off.
Take ‘Em Down Nola, a group that has long advocated for the monuments’ removal, plans to rally at Congo Square on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. then march to Lee Circle. At least one pro-monument contingent has called for a rally at 11 a.m. at Lee Circle.
Harrison said protestors will not be allowed to carry guns. Despite Louisiana’s open-carry laws, he said, police will enforce city code that bars guns at public demonstrations. Masks and hoods, in accordance with state law, also will be prohibited, Harrison said.
“Our officers will be out, and we will be responding accordingly to protect public safety and to enforce the law,” Harrison said. “Given the scale and intensity of the threats and the size of the anticipated crowds, this is absolutely being treated as a homeland security situation.”
Aaron Miller, director of New Orleans’ Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said authorities had received “serious and credible threats of violence” related to the monuments. He advised anyone not there to protest to avoid the area.
“As a result, the city continues to treat these events as a homeland security operation,” Miller said. “We’re working with state and federal law enforcement authorities, and we will take all precautions necessary to protect all individuals.”
Outlaw Morgan warns that the potential for a civil war type battle on the streets of New Orleans is high on Sunday. He’s planning to be there.
A further warning from Baked Alaska: