- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is urging people to stay away from a planned Ku Klux Klan rally at the Statehouse, saying they want to create a “disruptive, hateful spectacle.”

Haley said Thursday she hopes the Statehouse is a lonely place for the protesters. A North Carolina-based KKK group plans to rally Saturday at the Statehouse in support of the Confederate flag. The flag was removed from Statehouse grounds last Friday and sent to a museum, three weeks after nine parishioners were shot to death at a historic black church in Charleston. The victims included its pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. A 21-year-old white man faces nine murder charges.

The Republican governor says avoiding the rally will honor the victims as the state continues to heal.

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