As black educators and white supremacists exchanged taunts on the grounds of the state’s legislative building in South Carolina, separate rallies took place outside the state.
A Florida based Black Educators for Justice Group held a rally on Saturday on the side of the South Carolina statehouse, where the infamous Confederate flag was removed earlier in the month.
Meanwhile, the North Carolina based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally on the opposite side to protest against the flag’s removal. The confederate flag was waved by the forces supporting the secessionist, pro-slavery Confederacy of the southern states.
The state public safety department expected a crowd of an estimated 2,000 people. The department’s spokesperson Sherri Iacobelli said at least three people were arrested in the protests, also a number of people carried the Confederate flag along the small part of the Black Educators’ crowd. Almost 40 members of the KKK paraded up the steps of the statehouse waving flags.
Police managed to lead away two men who were involved in a scuffle. The state public safety director, who is African-American, was seen helping a white man wearing a t-shirt and bearing a swastika get out of the heat.
Earlier this week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley urged residents to avoid the KKK rally, adding that doing so would honour the nine people shot and killed at a black church in Charleston in June.