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US Woman Arrested for Removing Confederate Flag from SC Capitol.

TEHRAN (FNA)- US police arrested an African-American woman for removing the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse.

The woman, identified as 30-year-old Bree Newsome of Raleigh, NC., was halfway up the 30-foot flagpole when State Capitol police told her to come down. Ignoring their calls, she continued up the pole and removed the flag, RT reported.

"The flag is gone," activist group Ferguson Action said on Twitter, congratulating "local organizers" for the operation.

The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. The incident occurred just after dawn on Saturday, hours before a rally by flag supporters was scheduled at the Capitol.

"The flag was replaced with a new flag within about an hour and no further damage was done," a statement from officials said.

Rev. Jesse Jackson tweeted his support of Newsome's actions, saying, "We thank God that Bree Newsome had the courage to take the flag down."

It comes less than one week after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said it was time for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Capitol building.

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