US protester removes Confederate flag from state house

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COLUMBIA, S.C.: A protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina legislature at dawn Saturday and removed the Confederate flag, officials said, amid fierce debate about the racially charged symbol. The black woman climber was arrested as soon as she came down from the 30-foot (nine meter) pole, and a new flag was restored to the original position with an hour. Pictures on social media showed a woman, named as Bree Newsome, 30, being escorted by an officer, her hands behind her back. #FreeBree was trending on Twitter within hours. Also arrested was a 30-year-old white man named as James Ian Tyson. Both are from neighboring North Carolina and have been charged with defacing a monument.

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