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Monument to be Moved Inside Building
Aired August 27, 2003 - 09:16 ET
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BRIAN CABELL, CNN ANCHOR: Let me turn our camera around if we can. We've got a guest with us right now who may be able to provide a little more information for us.
Sir, if you can come over here into the sun. First of all, let me get your name.
REV. ROB SCHENCK, NATL. CLERGY COUNCIL: Reverend Rob Schenck with the National Clergy Council in Washington D.C., one of the organizers here.
CABELL: Reporter: What is happening inside here? What have you been told?
SCHENCK: As far as we know, they are either sizing up the monument in order to move it. They're looking at what path it will take inside the building. They do not plan to bring it outside the building, we're told. The building manager has told us that the monument will not be removed from the premises. We have no reason but to believe him at this point.
CABELL: Do you know where it will be moved to?
SCHENCK: Yes. We've been told it will be moved to a back hall in the building.
CABELL: Will it be in public view?
SCHENCK: It will not be in public view. The employees may be able to see it, but as far as I know, the public will not be able to view it.
CABELL: Will this be a temporary venue or permanent?
SCHENCK: Well, I can only believe it will be temporary, because otherwise, they would permanently remove it from the premises. They're not going to that extent. I think they have a feeling what might happen here in the long run.
CABELL: Are you happy they're staying within the building?
SCHENCK: Certainly we're happy it's staying within the building, but this is still a morally cowardly act, and we're disappointed with the attorney general, with the governor of this state. We're terribly disappointed with the building management. Certainly with the other eight justices who -- this is really a political move to kind of save their own jobs, and it's at the cost of their own moral principals, and that's a shameful thing.
CABELL: Do we actually know who is moving that monument?
SCHENCK: We're looking for that information now. And when we discover that company, I think they're going to be sorry they cooperated with this act.
CABELL: And when we see movement, what happens then? What will your group out here do?
SCHENCK: I think it will only fortify our resolve. We're going to see new waves of people coming in. They're already on their way. We had somebody arrive from Alaska today from Oregon, more and more from Montgomery. Tomorrow we meet with pastors from all the greater Montgomery area. I this think will only strengthen our resolve.
CABELL: Is there any form of civil disobedience you can take at this point?
SCHENCK: Not at this point. We don't know if they will bring in additional equipment, if they think this is step one and they will attempt to bring it out of the building. If so, we will be there to meet them.
CABELL: If a truck arrives downstairs at garage what we expect, what happens next?
SCHENCK: Let's say it won't be the easiest job they've ever undertaken.
CABELL: Would you expect arrests today?
SCHENCK: I've already done my time in the pokie (ph), and I understand there are other leaders ready to take up that cause right behind me.
CABELL: Have you gotten any indication exactly when this might be? Will it be this morning?
SCHENCK: It will be this morning. We believe it's under way now. In other words, these are the first steps to actually physically moving the monument. I was here when the monument was moved in. That took about an hour and a half. Over the next two hours or so, it will be emotional.
CABELL: Is the equipment inside the building?
SCHENCK: The equipment is inside building, as we understand it.
CABELL: How did it get there's?
SCHENCK: We're not sure. It may have been in there for a long time.
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