Supporters of the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther parties rally together outside of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia. As the day goes on, rallies quickly turn aggressive despite police presence. Seven people are taken to hospital, while five others were arrested. Protestor:
The Confederate flag does not represent hate. A lot of Americans died for that flag
The Klan plans to hold a pro-confederate rally on July 18 at the South Carolina Capitol to protest efforts to remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. They expect 100 to 200 to attend. A man who identifies as the “Grand Titan” on the North Carolina sector of the Loyal White Knight explains the reason for his group’s actions.
To us they are erasing white history and white culture right out of the history books. That’s why they want to take that flag down.
Governor Haley says the rally is not welcome:
This is our state, and they are not welcome.
Anonymous hacks into KKK websites and social media accounts.
The attack is retaliation for KKK threats to use lethal force against protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Anonymous won’t tolerate racism in any form, or the suppression of the right to protest. We are not attacking you because of what you believe in, as we fight for freedom of speech. We are attacking you because of your threats to use lethal attacks against us at the Ferguson protests.
A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan threatens to stop Ferguson protesters. They hand out fliers labeling protesters as terrorists and want to take action into their own hands. KKK leader, Ancona:
The organization’s threats to Ferguson protesters have boosted our recruitment.