Speakers Blast, Support Monument, But Don't Expect Quick Decision

Several people spoke out at City Hall last night against removing that Confederate Monument from Travis Park, in what is expected to become a regular activity in the coming weeks and months, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

But officials tell News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board...don't expect a quick resolution to the emotional issue, which triggered the violence in Charlottesville last week, as well as an emotional protest by several hundred people in Travis Park on Saturday.

In the wake of the riots in Charlottesville,  cities across the country that are homes to confederate memorials are moving swiftly to avoid similar violence, but in San Antonio, the statue that sits atop a pillar in Travis Park will remain in place.

"We have a process that we are working through right now to ensure the monument is placed in a proper context," Mayor Ron Nirenberg tells Newsradio 1200 WOAI.

That's a contrast to city leaders in Baltimore, who removed their statues this week under the cover of darkness.  Mayor Catherine Pugh told Fox News that she felt that was the best way to keep the community safe.

“I thought there’s enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made, let’s get it done,” she said. “I spoke with the city council on Monday and said, 'With the climate in this nation, I think it’s very important that we move quickly and quietly'...and that’s what I did.”

In Durham, North Carolina, protesters from a group called the Workers World Party, held a rally in response to deadly violence in Virginia.  A nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier was pulled down.  Three people have been arrested.

Mayor Nirenberg is not worried about that level of violence in Travis Park.

"We have seen demonstrations in San Antonio and, thankfully, people on all sides as well as the San Antonio Police Department have been able to keep the peace."

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