Florida group holds pro-Confederate flag ride

Ride scheduled for Sunday in Ocala

OCALA, Fla. - Nearly 1,000 people have signed up to participate in a pro-Confederate flag ride Sunday in Marion County.

As the debate about the Confederate flag continues across the county, organizers say the "Florida Southern Pride Ride" will be a peaceful, silent ride in support of the flag, which they say is about heritage, not hate, according to the Star Banner.

The ride comes just days after the Marion County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to reinstate the Confederate flag in front of a county building.

The flag was taken down two weeks ago in the wake of what authorities said was a racially motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

People gathered Wednesday in front of the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala to show disapproval of Marion County's decision to fly the banner.

The county had taken it down weeks earlier after nine black churchgoers were slain in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused killer had posed for photos with the Confederate flag before the incident.

Local Democratic Party chairwoman Joyce Blake told the Ocala Star-Banner says commissioners did not list the flag vote on their meeting agenda, so no one could protest it.

The banner flies with U.S., French, Spanish and British flags in a display representing five different historical rulers of Florida

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