The Confederate flag — banned from being flown at the State Capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina because of its connection to slavery — made a brief reappearance there over the weekend.
A group called the South Carolina Secessionist Party, which says its goal is to preserve Southern heritage by fighting political correctness and corruption, erected the flag on Sunday after obtaining a one-day permit to do so, The State reports.
The event, attended by about 150 people, occurred on the first anniversary of the flag's removal from a Confederate soldiers' memorial. Police had asked the group to postpone the event following the murders of five police officers in Dallas last week, but it refused.
"We memorialize those who died at Pearl Harbor and on 9/11," party chairman James Bessenger told The State. "We don't defame soldiers today because they fight for oil and global bankers, and we shouldn't defame [the Confederates]."
Last year, the state legislature voted to remove the flag with the backing of Gov. Nikki Haley after a racially-based mass shooting at a church in Charleston.
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