BLOG: Mississippi’s flag removed from Philly lamppost

Katherine Ranzenberger

From The Associated Press:

Protesters gather under the Mississippi's state flag hanging from a lamppost on Broad Street demanding that it be removed because includes Confederate emblem, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Megan Trimble)

PHILADELPHIA — City officials in Philadelphia have removed Mississippi’s state flag from a lamppost after demonstrators sat in a roadway in protest while marching down Broad Street ahead of the Democratic convention.

The flag includes the Confederate emblem.

Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia’s first deputy managing director, says that the flag and a second one nearby have been taken down.

He says the city started to receive complaints from residents since the flags went back up as part of reinvigoration efforts of the so-called Avenue of the States ahead of the convention.

The flags of the 50 states have been adorning the light poles flanking Broad Street.

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Philadelphia police were heckled when they kept protesters from climbing the pole to remove the flags.