COLUMBIA, S.C. — An activist climbed up the flagpole in front of South Carolina’s state capital and took down the Confederate flag early Saturday, CNN reported, citing Fitzgibbon Media.
The woman, who calls herself Bree, was arrested and charged with defacing a monument, along with a man who was standing outside inside the wrought-iron fence enclosure, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
The hashtag #FreeBree was trending on social media after the news of her arrest broke out.
The woman removed the flag around 6:30 a.m., but it was replaced about an hour later, as spokesman for the S.C. Department of Safety said.
South Carolina state legislature voted to take up the issue of removing the flag after the 4th of July holiday next weekend, but activists say it can not wait amid the funerals for the nine victims who were killed in the terror attack at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.
President Obama delivered the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney Friday, saying, “For many — black and white — that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.”
“By taking down that flag we express God’s grace.”
Obama finished his remarks by singing a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”