Hundreds gather in Stone Mountain Park for Confederate flag rally

The ralliers yelled, “Heritage, not hate!” A sea of Confederate battle flags covered the Yellow Daisy Lot at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday. People decorated their pickup trucks in defiance of anti-flag sentiment that increased after nine people died in a Charleston church shooting. 

Georgia League of the South's vice-chairman, William Flowers, blames "cultural Marxists" for wanting to "wipe out southern history." 

Counter-protesters Elle Lucier and Tommy DiMassimo made an appearance with a shredded Confederate battle flag to mock the people who support it. As tensions rose between both groups, police officers circled the protesters to prevent anyone from getting too close.

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Counter-protester Tommy DiMassimo wraps a shredded Confederate battle flag around his hands as he walks through the rally.

Counter-protester Tommy DiMassimo wraps a shredded Confederate battle flag around his hands as he walks through the rally.

Elle Lucier and Tommy DiMassimo lock arms as they move through the crowd at the Confederate flag rally.

Elle Lucier and Tommy DiMassimo lock arms as they move through the crowd at the Confederate flag rally.

Elle Lucier and Tommy DiMassimo stand on a shredded Confederate flag in defiance of the rally. A pro-flag demonstrator told police he wants to press charges for flag desecration. 

Elle Lucier and Tommy DiMassimo stand on a shredded Confederate flag in defiance of the rally. A pro-flag demonstrator told police he wants to press charges for flag desecration.