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USA: Ku Klux Klan supporters of Confederate flag clash with African-American group

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By Euronews
USA: Ku Klux Klan supporters of Confederate flag clash with African-American group

<p>There have been angry scenes in South Carolina as Ku Klux Klan members protested at the removal of the Confederate flag from government headquarters in the US state.</p> <p>Tempers flared when the white supremacists came up against a counter-rally led by an African-American group that aims to highlight continuing racial inequality.</p> <p>The two sides not only taunted each other but scuffles were reported and a number of arrests were made.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Black group and Ku Klux Klan hold rallies on Confederate flag battleground <a href="http://t.co/GYX9lzZUom">http://t.co/GYX9lzZUom</a></p>— The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/status/622570941609021441">19 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The flag was removed from the State House grounds after the killing of nine African-Americans in a church in Charleston last month.</p> <p>A website linked to suspected gunman Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, contained a racist manifesto and showed him in photos posing with the flag.</p> <p>Supporters see it as an honorable emblem of Southern heritage. But for opponents like the Black Educators for Justice Group who staged the counter-rally at the South Carolina Statehouse, it is a painful reminder of the American South’s pro-slavery past.</p>