US: South Carolina Senate approves bill to remove Confederate flag
July 7 , 2015
The Senate in the US state of South Carolina has backed a bill seeking the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol in Columbia.
The flag has been linked to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man charged with last month’s Charleston church massacre.
The House of Representatives has to now pass the bill by a two-thirds majority before it is sent for the governor’s approval.
The move has divided South Carolina residents. While some see the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery, others say it represents the region's history and heritage.