Palmetto Sunrise: Thorny out-of-state protesters

Rev. Darwin Miller, of the National Campaign for Tolerance, calls on Wednesday for peace while lawmakers work on bringing the Confederate battle flag down. (Cynthia Roldan/Staff)

COLUMBIA — As tensions rise in South Carolina over the fate of the Statehouse’s Confederate battle flag, activists called for peaceful demonstrations in the coming weeks.

Elder James Jones, of the National Action Network, said the world is watching how South Carolina acts in response to the debate of the flag, while making the call to avoid violence. “Those outside groups that are coming in, we don’t want them in our state,” Jones said. “We do not them here at all.”

Battle flag supporter Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, also joined the call for non-violent demonstrations when reached by phone. Bright, who is planning to push for the flag’s fate to be decided by voters, said both sides have the same issue: out-of-state folks.

“I’m with them 100 percent,” Bright said. “I think it’s like anything else: the more we talk, the more we realize we do have some things in common. I don’t want to see violence.”

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