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Group to fly Confederate flag again at S. Carolina capitol

July 10, 2018

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015, file photo, an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., ending its 54-year presence there. 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, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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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