White Linen Night was briefly disrupted Saturday evening (Aug. 6) by a group of around 30 people protesting the presence of various Confederate monuments located throughout the city.
More than a dozen of the protesters, clad in black to clash with the white-adorned crowds, lay down on the ground at Julia and Camp streets as others formed a hand-clasped circle around them.
Several other protesters, standing in the middle of the circle and using bullhorns, repeated the names of black men who had been killed during police-involved shootings, including Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
Eventually the protesters were forced to move when a bus came down the street.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu last summer launched and effort to remove four Confederate monuments across the city, including the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle.
But groups opposing the monuments’ removal have filed lawsuits to keep them in place, and a judge ordered the monuments not be removed until the legal dispute is resolved.
The city has also not been able to find a contractor to take down the monuments. Companies who bid on the work withdrew after receiving threats from supporters of the monuments.