San Antonio City Officials Put Fence Around Confederate Statue Before Vote

The city council is voting whether or not to remove the statue.

August 31, 2017 9:47 am

Overnight workers set up a fence around a Confederate statue in Travis Park in San Antonio, as the city council prepares to vote whether or not to remove the statue.

On Wednesday, city leaders held a public forum. Those in support of the statue’s removal call it a “symbol of hate,” reports ABC KSAT12. Those against removing the statue say they don’t want to pay for the statue’s removal, and requested a city-wide vote on the issue.

District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño and District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw jointly filed a Council Consideration Request in late July about the issue.

However, District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry said the vote is too close to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX. He commends the compassion San Antonio showed its neighbors after the “traumatic effects of Hurricane Harvey,” reports ABC KSAT12. He said he knew it was possible the Confederate statue matter might be brought forward, but was disappointed to see it on the agenda so close to the “weekend of tragedy and catastrophe across Texas.”

Meanwhile, San Antonio May Ron Nirenberg said, “It is time for San Antonio to relocate the statue in Travis Park and ensure that monuments to the Confederacy are placed in their proper context,” according to ABC KSAT12. 

City leaders are still expected to meet Thursday morning to vote.

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