Pro­test­ers raise rebel flag in S.C.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group still an­gry that South Carolina re­moved a Con­fed­er­ate flag from the Statehouse lawn has raised the rebel ban­ner on a tem­po­rary pole at the Capi­tol again.

The South Carolina Se­ces­sion­ist Party said it planned to leave it up for sev­eral hours Mon­day and that mem­bers will fly the flag ev­ery July 10th.

Two years ago Mon­day, state of­fi­cials re­moved the flag that flew out­side the Capi­tol for 15 years. The de­ci­sion by law­mak­ers was prompted by the mas­sacre of nine black wor­ship­pers in a racially mo­ti­vated at­tack at a Charleston church.

About 50 flag sup­port­ers were sep­a­rated Mon­day from a dozen pro­test­ers who hurled in­sults at them.

The Con­fed­er­ate flag taken down in 2015 was sup­posed to go on public dis­play, but it re­mains in a box at the Con­fed­er­ate Relic Room.

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