Protest and Counterprotest Over Mississippi Flag

October 19, 2015

A large group of students at the University of Mississippi held a protest Friday urging the institution to stop flying the state flag of Mississippi, which contains the Confederate battle flag in one corner. A small group of people unaffiliated with the university but who wore symbols and signs associated with and supporting the Ku Klux Klan held a counterprotest, waving the Confederate battle flag. While the counterprotest upset many students, the two events took place without incident, and the Klan-supporting group eventually left. The university has called on the state to remove the Confederate flag from the corner of the state flag, but has also said that -- as a state institution -- it will continue to fly the state flag as it exists.

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