New Confederate flag rally held at the Oceanfront

Posted at 6:14 AM, Jul 04, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. - About 200 people rallied in support of the Confederate Flag on Friday night. Supporters gathered at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and then drove in a procession to Hampton.

"We're not here to cause trouble. We're here saying this what we're representing," said Robert Barber, one of the organizers.

The rally was held as there are calls to remove the Confederate flag from public buildings after the shooting at the all black church in Charleston, S.C. "There's a lot of people who died fighting for that flag," said Keith Thompson, a supporter form Smithfield. "They're not here to defend themselves."

The group originally planned to drive down Atlantic Avenue, but they didn't have the right permits. Police met with organizers to discuss the code. The group plans on having another rally in August with the correct permits.

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