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Rally to take down Confederate flag set for State House

Published: Jul. 4, 2015 at 1:34 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two weeks after bringing at least a thousand people to the State House for a rally to call for the removal of the Confederate flag, the same group has come back to the capitol.

The second "Take the Flag Down SC" rally brought several hundred people Saturday. Organizers say they wanted to show South Carolina is united behind America on Independence Day.

A few counter protesters with Confederate flags of their own came, but both sides remained peaceful.

The first rally was held two weeks ago, before Gov. Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from a pole by a monument to Confederate soldiers. The flag was moved there from the State House dome in a 2000 compromise.

Lawmakers are set to begin debating the flag's future Monday.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.