Rally for Confederate flag held at SC Statehouse

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Organizers of a Confederate battle flag preservation rally this weekend in Columbia say they aren't discouraged by the light crowd attendance or the blazing heat.

The State of Columbia reports the South Carolina Conservative Action Council organized Saturday's three-hour rally, bidding to put the flag back atop the State House dome 10 years after it was taken down.

The group says it wants a statewide referendum on the use of the flag, which was moved amid controversy in July 2000 from the dome to a memorial in front of the Capitol building.

Organizers estimate 100 people attended Saturday's event but only dozens of people were apparent at any given time.

The group's chairman William Carter says the council's pro-flag efforts are just starting.

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