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South Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from state building grounds


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South Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from state building grounds

The Confederate flag which flies over South Carolina’s statehouse grounds is set to come down after the legislature voted to remove it early on Thursday (July 9) morning.

It followed a 13-hour long debate between House Republicans and Democrats who eventually passed the bill 94-20. The bill will now be passed to Governor Nikki Haley to be signed into law later in the day.

The flag, which dates back to the American Civil War (1861-65) had become synonymous with slavery and racism for many and a symbol of Southern heritage for others.

Debate over the flag received renewed scrutiny following the massacre of nine black worshippers during Bible study in a church with a historically black congregation in Charleston. The accused gunman was seen posing with the Confederate flag in a photo posted on a website, setting out a racist manifesto.

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