New Oreleans has followed through with plans to remove 4 Confederate monuments throughout the city despite the threat of retaliation, reports say. Workers reported to work in the dead of night to begin dismantling the Battle of Liberty Place monument, donning masks and tactical vests.
According to The Times-Picayune newspaper, police snipers were positioned in place to offset any threats of violence, and logos on the side of company trucks called to assist in hauling away remnants of the memorial were covered up with cardboard and black tape, presumably so that these companies would not receive backlash or retaliation from protestors.
Several pro-monument groups have expressed their outrage at the removal of these monuments, citing that the structures are an integral part of history. While many southern states are commemorating Confederate Memorial Day by officially closing government offices in observance, Louisiana is not one of those states.