Activists take down Confederate flag at SC capitol
Confederate flag pulled from SC capitol grounds by activists
The State, Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA — The Confederate flag was removed from a pole on the South Carolina capitol grounds early Saturday morning by activists, but state employees returned the flag to its position not long after the incident.
An activist group claimed responsibility for taking the flag down. Witnesses said two people were arrested by authorities almost immediately after one of them scaled the flag pole on the north side of the State House grounds and pulled the Confederate banner down. The Confederate flag has been at the center of a debate in Columbia the past week in the wake of the massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston church by a white supremacist. Activists calling themselves "concerned citizens" said in a news release that they removed the flag about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A woman identified by the group as "Bree" climbed the pole and pulled the flag down, the group said.