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Pro-Confederate flag rally in Monroe ‘peaceful and calm’

The 1910 Confederate monument, seen here earlier in the week, stands outside the Old County Courthouse in downtown Monroe. Supporters of the monument and Confederate flag plan held a rally there Saturday morning.
The 1910 Confederate monument, seen here earlier in the week, stands outside the Old County Courthouse in downtown Monroe. Supporters of the monument and Confederate flag plan held a rally there Saturday morning. abell@charlotteobserver.com

There were no reported problems Saturday at a pro-Confederate flag and monument rally in downtown Monroe Saturday morning, a city spokesman said.

“It was very peaceful and calm,” spokesman Pete Hovanec said, and some people sold T-shirts. He said about 50 people were there; the rally organizer had hoped to attract up to 200 participants.

The rally was held at the Old County Courthouse where a 1910 Confederate monument stands.

Rally organizer Rusty Secret, a Monroe truck driver, said he was proud of his heritage and “tired of the flag and monument catching flak.” He said it was “not a hate rally.”

The Confederate flag remains a divisive symbol around the region and throughout the nation. Controversy over the flag grew after a white man was charged with killing nine black people in a Charleston church in June, and photos surfaced of the man with the Confederate battle flag.

Staff reports

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