Protesters flew a large Confederate flag near the site of two NCAA Tournament games in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday.
The protesters arrived Sunday morning, raising theflags from the back of pickup trucks before moving them to the top of a parking garage. No. 2 seed Duke plays seventh-seeded South Carolina, while No. 1 seedNorth Carolina plays Eighth-seeded Arkansas.
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The NCAA in 2001 banned South Carolinafrom hostingpredetermined championship games over its use of the Confederate flag on top of the statehouse building. The NCAA lifted its ban in 2015 after South Carolina removed the flag from the top of the building in response to a racially motivated mass shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Hunter Meadows, one of the protesters, said he did not feel it was fair to associate the Confederate flag with the perpetrator of the mass shooting, Dylann Roof.
"I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down," Meadows said, via The Chicago Tribune. "We wanted to show the NCAA that we're still here."