Activists urge South Carolina capitol to take down rebel flag after massacre

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People hold signs during a protest asking for the removal of the confederate battle flag that flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia

South Carolina activists on Monday stepped up their call for lawmakers to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol, five days after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshippers at a historic church in Charleston. The demand by U.S. civil rights leaders and local elected officials for the state to remove the rallying symbol of the pro-slavery South during the U.S. civil war follows revelations that the 21-year-old white man, charged with Wednesday’s attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had posted a racist manifesto on the internet. The suspect, Dylann Roof, …read more