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Take Em' Down Nola gathers at Jackson Square to protest statue

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Protesters have gathered at Jackson Square to protest the statue of Andrew Jackson and demand that it be taken down.

Members of the group Take em’ Down NOLA gathered at Congo Square before marching to Jackson Square for the protest.

Ahead of today's protest, the statues of P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis were vandalized.  

Before the group arrived at Jackson Square, police secured the area by closing one the entrances to the square and having two officers on horseback guarding the other gate but allowing people to walk in.

Prior to the arrival of Take Em’ Down NOLA, David Duke, former grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan spoke out against the removal of the statue outside of Jackson Square before police allowed protesters inside. He left shortly before protesters arrived.

For the most part, protests remained peaceful although at times it was tense. At one point during the protest, a group attempted to knock down the barricades leading to the statues of Andrew Jackson. 

Seven people were arrested during the protest a Jackson Square. Six people face charges for disturbing the peace, one person was arrested for "crossing or traversing a police cordon." 

Protesters later marched from Jackson Square down Canal Street and back to Congo Square chanting, “No justice, no peace,” and “Black Lives Matter.”

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