>> After 133 years of looking over the City of New Orleans, cranes lifted the Robert E Lee statue off of its pedestal by the light of day.
A stark contrast to previous Confederate statue removals that occurred under the cover of night. With crews wearing face masks, and bullet proof vests for their safety. New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu said the statues were out of step with the city's multicultural values.>> These monuments celebrate a fictional sanitized Confederacy.
If we take down these statues and don't change to become a more open and inclusive society, then all of this would have been in vain.>> The move bringing out divisions in the streets of the Big Easy in recent weeks. Defenders of the monument waved Confederate flags and claimed the statues are important symbols of their Southern heritage.
>> Hey, hey, ho, ho, white supremacy has got to go.>> They clashed with activists in favor of removal who say the monuments celebrate racism and white supremacy. At Friday's event, there were no reported incidents between the opposing factions. New Orleans officials say they'll hold on to the monument and consider proposals to move them to government or non-profit entities.