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Report: 132 Pro-Confederate Flag Rallies Across The U.S. Since Charleston Shooting

| by Sean Kelly

In the weeks since the June 17 massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, there have reportedly been 132 pro-Confederate flag rallies across the country. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which works to monitor hate groups, found that in addition to the 132 rallies that have already taken place over the past month, another 29 are being planned, according to The Huffington Post.

Alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who proudly flew the Confederate flag in pictures that accompanied his racist manifesto, sparked a national debate over the controversial flag that led to its removal at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as from major retailers including Walmart and Target. 

Along with the relatively swift removal of the flag in the wake of the shooting, which killed nine African-Americans, came a significant amount of backlash from flag supporters as well as white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

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The Klan recently held a rally outside the South Carolina statehouse to protest the flag’s removal.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s data was compiled from lists created by human rights organizations, hate groups and its own independent research. 

Sources: The Huffington Post, Medium

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