Thousands attend Ocala rally supporting Confederate flag, shots fired

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On today’s news menu, fresh from the kitchen, we have a hot plate of Confederate flag reports with a slight dash of revisionism.

Thousands of people attended a rally this weekend in Ocala to support flying the Confederate flag at Marion County’s government complex. The Ocala Star-Banner reported that “an estimated 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with Rebel flags,” participated in the “Florida Southern Pride Ride.”

People at the rally were wearing “heritage not hate” shirts and told the newspaper that they were defending their Southern traditions.

One rally participant also said the flag was a military flag, “not a race symbol.” Yes, that makes sense when you look at why Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who killed nine black people last month, was photographed with the Confederate flag and other flags from apartheid-era South Africa, #AestheticsNotRacism.

Police told WFTV-9 that at least six shots were fired from a predominately African-American neighborhood toward the rally, but residents disputed this and said the shots actually came from people participating in the parade, who harassed them.

“They come, they watch them run through on their motorcycles, running red lights and throwing beer bottles," a resident told the TV station. "The police didn’t stop them or nothing."


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