Rally temporarily brings Confederate flag back to SC statehouse

Supporters of the Confederate flag raise it on a temporary flagpole on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., at a rally on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Counter-protesters showed up but the event was peaceful. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Confederate flag has made a temporary return to the front lawn of the South Carolina Statehouse.

About 200 people attended a rally at the Capitol complex in Columbia today organized by the South Carolina Secessionist Party. The event marks one year since the Confederate battle flag was furled and sent to a museum.

Using a portable base, the party raised the battle flag on the same spot where it flew on a 30-foot pole beside the Confederate Soldiers Monument. The crowd included people holding their own flags and people clad in Civil War uniforms to represent a Confederate Memorial Honor Guard.

Dozens of protesters also showed up, but the groups were kept separate by metal barriers as well as police officers backed by helicopters circling overhead.

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