South Carolina Activist Bree Newsome Takes Down Confederate Flag

Ever since Republican governor Nikki Haley had called for the Confederate flag to come down, the authorities were dilly dallying the issue.

One such building which was still hoisting the Confederate flag was the statehouse in Columbia.  Early this morning, South Carolina activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole outside the statehouse in Columbia where the Confederate battle flag was still flying and took it down herself

Bree was still about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.

Shortly afterwards Bree and another man who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested triggering a massive trend of #FreeBree and #KeepItDown. The Confederate flag, which is supposedly protected by state law, was raised again a short time later.

A rally by flag supporters was scheduled for later Saturday.

Here are some tweets which are trending and calling upon police to #FreeBree

 

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