- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of supporters of the Confederate flag participating in a rally in South Florida were met by angry protesters

Multiple media outlets report that authorities were on hand to ensure that the two sides stayed separated before and after the 15-mile road rally, which started at Heritage Park in Plantation and ended in Markham Park in Sunrise.

Police say that despite verbal altercations in Sunrise, there was no physical violence reported between the two groups.

The rally in support of the battle flag comes two months after nine people were killed in a mass shooting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Flag supporters argue it represents Southern heritage and pride in Civil War-era leaders, while others say the flag represents racism and slavery.

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