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Black Lives Matter Schedules Rally In Houston For Saturday

The group plans to protest at the site of a confederate statue downtown.

The Spirit of the Confederacy is a bronze statue representing an angel with a sword and a palm branch. It was erected in the park by the Robert E. Lee Chapter #186 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in January 1908.

The Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter will hold a rally at Sam Houston Park on Saturday, August 19th, according to Ashton Woods, a representative of the organization in Houston.

The rally will take place at 3:00 p.m., to demand that the City of Houston takes down ‘The Spirit of the Confederacy’ statue and other Confederate monuments located on public property, Black Lives Matter says.

In response to this, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Thursday that the Houston Police, who handled protests during the Super Bowl earlier this year, are prepared for this one as well.

“I just hope people will be respectful and follow the laws and will act in a very civil way”, Turner said. “You know, people have the right to voice their First Amendment. But I have so much confidence in HPD in making sure that everything is handled in a very orderly and respectful fashion.”

Turner said he doesn’t anticipate any violent demonstrations in Houston, and that he will continue with his plan to consider the removal of Confederate monuments located on public property.

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