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Pro-Confederate Flag Rally in Ville Platte

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Dozens gathered in a parking lot located at 891 E Lasalle Street in Ville Platte to express their views of the Confederate Flag controversy that is spreading across the nation.

Organizers decided to gather at noon on July 5, in the Ville Platte Walmart parking lot. Employees of the retailer called law enforcement officers to have the protestors removed from the property. 

National retailer Walmart has expressed its views on the flag and have discontinued selling confederate flag products on their website and in stores. 

Nonetheless protestors left Walmart and rode around towns in Evangeline Parish with the flag attached to their vehicles to express their support of Southern heritage.

The rally was sparked by many other truck events in Southern states which they call it "Operation Save The Flag."

On June 17, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, killed nine people in a historically known African American Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof posted pictures online of himself holding a Confederate flag; this sparked "Take Down the Flag" rallies across the south.

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