South Carolina statehouse protesters call for removal of Confederate flag

Confederate flag rally
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At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Columbia, South Carolina, statehouse Saturday to protest the Confederate battle flag flown on the grounds, The Post and Courier reports.

The protest follows a Wednesday night shooting in Charleston on a historically black church that killed nine people. Suspected gunman Dylann Roof reportedly posted a white supremacist manifesto on a website registered in his name.

Gov. Nikki Haley (R) doesn't have the authority to remove the flag herself. Both general assembly chambers must pass a two-thirds vote to change part of a statehouse monument.

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