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NAACP ends South Carolina boycott

Published 12/07/2015

Workers pulling down the pole where the Confederate flag flew for 15 years at the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia (AP)
Workers pulling down the pole where the Confederate flag flew for 15 years at the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia (AP)

A leading civil rights group has passed a resolution lifting its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina, a day after that state took down a Confederate battle flag flying near its statehouse.

The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) approved a measure yesterday at its national convention in Philadelphia to end the boycott of tourism and other economic activity.

The boycott began in 2000 during debate over the flying of the Confederate flag atop South Carolina's statehouse dome. The boycott continued after it was moved to a flagpole on statehouse grounds.

The flag's removal comes weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston.

Police have charged a man shown in pictures with the Confederate flag who they say was motivated by hate.

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