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South Carolina Senate passes legislation to remove 'slavery flag'


South Carolina Senate passes legislation to remove 'slavery flag'

South Carolina’s Senate has voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from flying above the state capital’s grounds.

A bill to banish the flag to a museum easily passed a third and final reading by 36 to 3. The legislation is now headed to the state House of Representatives.

The flag is viewed by many as a symbol of slavery which has been compounded by the gunman in the Charleston church massacre being photographed with one.

Nine black church-goers were killed last month by white suspect Dylann Roof.

Although some see the flag as part of their heritage, support for it has evaporated amid a wave of sympathy for the victims and their families.

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