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The Confederate flag flew again over South Carolina


One year ago, the Confederate flag was taken down from the South Carolina State House in the wake of Dylann Roof's deadly shooting rampage at a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

One year later, it flew again -- for a few hours.

Hundreds of people aligned with the South Carolina Secessionist Party cheered and sang "Dixie" as the flag ascended. Some yelled, "Leave it there!", according to The Washington Post.

But the group only had a permit to leave the flag up until 5 p.m., so down it came.

A scheduled Black Lives Matter protest was canceled for fear of violence.

"It's a very sensitive time around the nation," local chapter president Derrick Quarles told the South Carolina newspaper The State.

Some protesters showed up to the flag-raising, shouting: "That flag is hate!"

After the flag was taken down, the impromptu protest grew, lasting late into the night and blocking Interstate 126. The highway was shut down for an hour.

No arrests were made.

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