A Black Lives Matter leader attempted to snatch a Confederate flag from the hands of a protester. But he got arrested in the process.
The incident happened at the College of Charleston on Wednesday, where activist Bree Newsome was scheduled to give a guest lecture titled “Tearing Hatred from the Sky.”
Newsome garnered praise from civil rights advocates — and hatred from white nationalists — when she famously climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina State House in 2015 and took down the Confederate battle flag to protest white supremacy. Her actions came in wake of the Charleston church shooting in which nine people were murdered by gunman Dylann Roof who held a Confederate flag while he committed the heinous act.
When it was announced that Newsome was invited as a guest, the South Carolina Secessionist Party called for it to be canceled. They also relocated their weekly Confederate flag-flying rally from the Battery at the southern tip of Charleston within shots of where the first shots were fired during the Civil War and decided to fly it from parking garages for a much broader protest.
The group was met with counter protesters, one of whom was Charleston Black Lives Matter leader Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, 31, who leapt a barricade and tried to snatch the flag out of a protesters hand. He was quickly subdued and is now being charged with disorderly conduct.
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) in Charleston has organized an online donation site to raise $2,000 for Moye's bail.
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