- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - About 100 people attended a rally in South Carolina calling for the removal of a statue of John C. Calhoun, a former vice president of the United States who was a major defender of slavery.

Media outlets reported Wednesday’s rally in Charleston was peaceful.

Those at the rally also called for overturning a state law that says memorials in South Carolina can only be removed with approval by state lawmakers. That provision was approved under an agreement in 2000 that removed the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome.

Wednesday’s rally followed one in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend where a number of people were hurt and one woman died when they hit by a car. That rally and counter-demonstration was focused on a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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