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Proposal to remove Confederate monument from Travis Park draws response from tourists, residents

2 city councilmen file proposal to consider moving statue

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SAN ANTONIO – Conflicting protests over a proposal to remove a monument honoring Confederate soldiers unfolded in Travis Park on Saturday, resulting in the arrest of one person.

Protesters clashed over what to do with the confederate monument.

On Monday, people going to work were surprised about the events and shared their differing opinions.

Kaustubh Gosavi, a San Antonio resident, said he sees the monument every day, but never pays attention to it.

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Blaine Ullrich, who passes the monument on his way to work believes it should stay.

"It's part of San Antonio," Ullrich said. "Why take history away? What's been here for so long."

The argument comes after two city council members filed a council consideration request for the relocation of the monument.

Aside from residents of the Alamo city, some tourists said they believe the monument should stay where it is.

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"This is an old city, there's a lot of nostalgia here," Kimber Murray said. "People come here to see that kind of thing. That's what brings the tourists."

KSAT 12 reached out to councilmen Roberto Trevino and William Cruz Shaw, but both were unavailable for comment Monday afternoon.

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Shaw and Trevino, however, released a joint statement on Saturday that said they wanted to create a more inclusive and welcoming Travis Park and are still seeking community input.

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