Group to fly Confederate flag again at SC capitol to mark anniversary of removal

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FILE – In this July 19, 2011, file photo, Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala. The Confederate battle flag has been removed from South Carolina’s Statehouse grounds, in the wake of the massacre of nine African-Americans, including a state senator, at an historic black church […]

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A group still angry South Carolina removed a Confederate flag from the Statehouse lawn is again temporarily raising the rebel banner at the capitol.
    
The South Carolina Secessionist Party says it will fly the Confederate flag on a temporary pole for several hours Tuesday.
    
The day marks the third anniversary of the state removing the Confederate flag that flew on a pole on the Statehouse front lawn for 15 years. Lawmakers’ decision 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 won’t pass without the Confederate flag flying.
    
About 200 flag supporters and protesters came to a 2016 event on the first anniversary of the flag’s removal.
 

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