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Hundreds protest Confederate statues in New Orleans

Hundreds of protesters call for the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.
Hundreds of protesters call for the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The Advocate

New Orleans police have arrested two people, including talk-radio host Chuck Perkins, amid raucous demonstrations in Jackson Square on Saturday afternoon.

The protests were sparked by #TakeEmDownNOLA activists upset that city officials have not acted quickly enough to take down four monuments honoring Confederates and others who fought for white supremacy. The protesters, numbering about 200, marched through the French Quarter en route to the city's signature square.

Before they arrived, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, a candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke through a megaphone to about a half-dozen supporters, arguing against the removal of the monuments. His group left before the marchers, most of them with the group Take 'Em Down, arrived at the square.

Another group of momument supporters, affiliated with the Save Our Circle group, which has been trying to block the statues' removal through the courts, were present at Jackson Square when the marchers arrived.

For live updates from the protest as it happens, click here for a feed from The New Orleans Advocate.

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