US:South Carolina takes down Confederate flag

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
US:South Carolina takes down Confederate flag

Troopers removed the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state capitol, three weeks after the racially-motivated killing of a group of black worshippers prompted fierce debate over its place in US culture.

The three days of tense debate in the state legislature brought emotional closure for a symbol long divisive in the state.

An overwhelming majority passed the bill on Thursday allowing the flag to be taken down.

A hated symbol of slavery and racism to some, for others it is an emblem of Southern pride and heritage.

The vote came less than a month after a white gunman killed nine black men and one woman in an historic church in Charleston.

21-year-old Dylann Roof had posed with the flag in photos that appeared on social media.