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  1. South Carolina passes bill to remove Confederate flag from state capitol

South Carolina passes bill to remove Confederate flag from state capitol

South Carolina's Senate has passed a bill to get the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol in Columbia after the flag was linked to a gunman who killed nine people at a Charleston church in June.

By: | London | Published: July 7, 2015 11:05 AM

South Carolina’s Senate has passed a bill to get the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol in Columbia after the flag was linked to a gunman who killed nine people at a Charleston church in June.

According to BBC, the bill needs to be passed by a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives before being sent to the governor for approval.

Some people claims that the flag is an icon of slavery and racism while some maintain it symbolizes US heritage and history.

The flag was originally the battle flag of the Confederate states in the American Civil War when they tried secede to prevent the abolition of slavery.

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