Two opposing demonstrations on removing the Confederate flag have gathered hundreds of people near the State Capitol of South Carolina on Saturday.
The Black Educators for Justice group of Jacksonville, Florida, held its meeting on the north side of the Capitol, where the Confederate flag was removed earlier this month. Later, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) expressed the opposite side of the building to protest against the removal of the flag.
The Department of State for Public Security estimated the crowd at approximately 2,000 people. The spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said that five people had been arrested, and 23 had needed medical care. She did not give details on the injuries.
Several people carried the Confederate flag until sidelines of the gathering of Black Educators for Justice. About 40 members of the KKK climbed the capitol steps and waved flags. Many have booed.
Two men involved in a stampede were intercepted by police. The director of the department of public safety, Leroy Smith, who is Black, was seen during rallies, helping a man wearing a white shirt with the swastika out of the fray.
Earlier this week, the Governor of the State, Nikki Haley, urged residents to avoid the gathering of the KKK, adding that it would honor the nine black victims of the shooting in a Charleston church last month. This racist attack sparked the debate that led to the removal of the Confederate flag.