WEATHERFORD, Texas - Fighting broke out when a group of protesters demanding the removal of a Confederate soldier statue from the City of Weatherford was met by a large number of counter-protesters, local media reported.
“Hundreds” of counter-protesters, some of them openly carrying guns, gathered at Parker County Courthouse in Weatherford on Saturday, July 25 to meet anti-racism protesters who were calling for the statue’s removal. The rally turned violent multiple times, with local media reporting that a man was punched, a girl was slapped, and a knife was pulled out.
Organizers said that counter-protesters threw water bottles and shouted racial slurs. Footage shows a number of Confederate flags among the group, along with those of the Trump 2020 campaign.
In a video filmed by Nicole Jamie, a man can be seen clutching a knife and armed with multiple guns, arguing with anti-racism protesters. The man later grabs at Jamie’s phone, forcing it to fall to the ground.
“This man shoved a girl and when I told him I filmed him, he slapped my phone out of my hand, pushed me, and threatened me with a knife,” Jamie said on Facebook.
Police said that two people were arrested.
In the run-up to Saturday’s confrontation, local authorities had struggled to determine who owned the statue. According to later reports in the Weatherford Democrat, a local paper, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, having been established as owners of the monument, were expected to remove it once they had funding to do so.
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