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South Carolina statehouse protesters call for removal of Confederate flag

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.