Saturday, members of the Ku Klux Klan and black protestors came head to head on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse during separate rallies staged by the two groups.
Black Educators for Justice, a group based in Jacksonville, Florida, held its rally where the Confederate flag was removed earlier this month, calling on politicians to do more than just bring down a flag.
On the opposite side of the building, the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan came out in full force to condemn the governor’s decision to remove what they believe is a symbol of their heritage.
The S.C. Department of Public Safety estimated the crowd at approximately 2,000. Spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said at least three people were arrested.
Although organizers in both camps promised they would steer clear of each other, eventually tensions flared and emotional outbursts broke out between the groups.