A handful of demonstrators are pushed out of Pioneer Plaza after a rally against white supremacy Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Dallas. Protests took place across the country Saturday to denounce white supremacists in the wake of the fatal car attack a week earlier in Charlottesville, Va. Brandon Wade AP
A handful of demonstrators are pushed out of Pioneer Plaza after a rally against white supremacy Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Dallas. Protests took place across the country Saturday to denounce white supremacists in the wake of the fatal car attack a week earlier in Charlottesville, Va. Brandon Wade AP

Dallas

Dallas police pull 4 protesters over barrier for their protection in clash over Confederate monument

From staff and wire reports

August 19, 2017 10:41 PM

DALLAS

Officers in riot gear, and some on horseback, forced hundreds of protesters out a Dallas cemetery where they were clashing over a Confederate monument on Saturday night.

More than 100 demonstrators lingered on a blockaded street after they were pushed out of Pioneer Park, a civil war cemetery that houses the memorial to Confederate soldiers. The confrontation happened as a large rally at City Hall plaza nearby was ending.

WFAA.com had video coverage as the situation grew loud and tense before protesters dispersed.

Police had estimated about 2,300 people attended the rally, but only a few hundred remained by about 9:30 p.m.

Many yelled at the officers standing watch at Pioneer Park, and a helicopter circled above.

At one point, officers pulled four supporters of the monument over a barrier for their protection.

Some of the people on both sides of the clash were carrying weapons, though there was no indication of shots fired. There was a lot of pushing and shoving as the two groups squared off.

Earlier, the crowd chanted “take them down,” in reference to the Confederate statues.

Speakers including the Rev. Michael W. Waters addressed the group at City Hall Plaza, a short distance from the city’s Confederate War Memorial.

Waters shouted: “Now is the time to do what is right in the city of Dallas. Now is the time to bring these monuments down.”

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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