Two people arrested at anti-white supremacy rally

Demonstrators were celebrating the announcement that a white nationalist protest scheduled to happen was cancelled. However, things took a turn when a police arrested two people.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirms that two people were arrested at 11th and South Congress and says the arrests occurred after troopers tried to break up a fight in the crowd.

Andrew Alemao from Iowa is accused of assaulting a trooper and attempted to flee. While troopers were attempting to arrest Alemao, Angelica Clark who is from Austin is accused of interfering with the arrest and she was subsequently arrested. Both were taken to the Travis County Jail.

Alemao is charged with a third degree felony and Clark is charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Connie Kosmas, a protester against white supremacy, attended Saturday’s rally and said she along with other demonstrators are turning their sights to monuments that glorify discrimination.

"I can't be for something that encourages discrimination of any kind, whether it is color religion or politics," said Kosmas.

Protesters marched from Wooldridge Park, to the Capitol where they called for the removal of confederate monuments.  Almost a half dozen confederate memorials currently lie on the Capitol grounds.

"I don’t agree with having monuments up that are raciest and fascist. I’m like put it in a museum. Put it in a book,” said Monica Olvera.

Miranda Bloom also attended Saturday’s rally and said the monuments have to go.

"I think as a minority to walk up to the Capitol and see monuments of hatred towards your family and your relatives it’s got to be pretty horrible,” said Bloom.

Kosmas said she felt relieved that the white supremacy rally didn’t happen. 

"I’m not anxious for any kind of violence but at the same time I’m ok to stand in place and look someone in the eye that's wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit and say shame on you," said Kosmas.

"White supremacy is terrorism and has no place in this country," said Bloom.

Earlier this week, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus called for all confederate monuments and plaques to be studied for historical accuracy.

"I’m for the removal of any statue that brings honor to them because they don't have any."

If any are found to improperly portray history, Straus suggests the language on them be updated.

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