Ku Klux Klan marches on South Carolina statehouse

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Several dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan marched on the South Carolina state house Saturday to protest its removal of the slavery-era Confederate flag, drawing jeers from counter-protesters, media reports said.

There was a heavy police presence in the state capital Columbia and no major violence was reported, although a few fights did break out, South Carolina newspapers reported.

The Klan members waved the Confederate battle flag as they marched at the steps of the state legislature building, The State newspaper reported.

Some from the white supremacist group waved a flag with a swastika. KKK members chanted and shouted at an onlooking crowd, but made no speeches, the paper said.

People in the crowd yelled obscenities at the Klan members, the paper said. Bottles of water were thrown at the crowd.

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