Group flies Confederate flag at South Carolina capitol

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – 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 Monday it will fly the flag every July 10th.

The state removed the flag and the pole it flew on for 15 years on this day in 2015. The decision by lawmakers was prompted by the killing of nine black worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church.

About 50 flag supporters were separated Monday from a dozen protesters who hurled sarcastic insults like “y’all even drink sweet tea?”

The last Confederate flag pulled down in 2015 was supposed to go on public display. But it remains in a box at the Confederate Relic Room.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group still angry that South Carolina removed a Confederate flag from the Statehouse lawn plans to temporarily raise the rebel banner at the capitol again.

The South Carolina Secessionist Party said it will fly the Confederate flag on a temporary pole for several hours Monday.

It is the second anniversary of the state removing the Confederate flag that flew on a pole on the Statehouse front lawn for 15 years. The decision by lawmakers was prompted by the killing of nine black worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church.

The Secessionist Party says it will raise the flag every July 10th so a year will never go by without the Confederate flag flying.

About 200 flag supporters and protesters came to the event in 2016.

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