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What Will Become Of Confederate Statues Taken Down At UT?

22 August 2017

Law enforcement officials arrested a man in Houston Monday for allegedly trying to blow up a Confederate statue over the weekend with liquid explosives.

Authorities believe Schneck had shown up with the materials needed to make a "viable explosive device", and on Monday charged him for attempting to damage the statue.

White nationalists rallied earlier this month against proposals to take down a similar statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one woman was killed when a man crashed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters.

Schneck was arrested Saturday night and made his first court appearance Monday.

The ranger reported seeing Schneck with two small boxes, according to the Department of Justice, and ordered him to put them down. The park ranger said that Schneck admitted to wanting to do harm to the Dowling statue because he did not "like that guy".

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An attorney for Schneck declined to comment Monday afternoon.

Schneck's mother told authorities that her son uses one of their properties "to conduct his chemistry experiments", according to the criminal complaint.

The violence triggered the biggest domestic crisis yet for President Donald Trump, who provoked anger across the political spectrum for not immediately condemning white nationalists and for praising "very fine people" on both sides of the fight.

Since the chaos in Charlottesville, which saw white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching in the city clash with counterprotesters, authorities nationwide have in some cases hurried to take down monuments to avoid firestorms in their cities.

And across Texas this weekend, symbols of the Confederacy fell - the latest at the University of Texas in Austin - where crews took down four Confederate statues overnight.

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A growing number of US political leaders have called for the removal of statues honouring the Confederacy.

Schneck was released from probation early a year ago after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives at his parents' home.

Schneck made his initial appearance before a judge Monday morning and has been ordered into government custody until a detention hearing Thursday afternoon, according to the USA attorney's office for the southern district of Texas. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to federal charges of knowingly storing explosives, and was sentenced to five years' probation.

"Over the term of his supervised release, Schneck has matured and his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities", Hilder wrote.

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What Will Become Of Confederate Statues Taken Down At UT?