(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Five people were arrested on Saturday amidst conflicting rallies at the South Carolina Statehouse.
On one side of the building, the New Black Panther Party held a protest permit, while the Ku Klux Klan held a permit to protest and gathered on the opposite side. Both gatherings were related to the Confederate flag, which was taken down from the statehouse earlier this month.
Tensions rose later on in the day, and while there were reports of punches thrown, there was no major violence.
A heavy law enforcement presence helped to control the crows.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported five arrests — one for disorderly conduct, two for simple assault and two for breach of peace. Seven people were transported by emergency medical services.
No police officers were injured while keeping the peace.
The SCDPS referred to the punches and the arrests as “isolated fights and disputes.”
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