Woman climbs state flagpole, removes Confederate battle flag before getting arrested

It was a flagging effort, you might say.

A woman engaged in an epic exercise in futility Saturday by climbing the flagpole at the South Carolina state Capitol and removing the Confederate battle flag before being arrested and having the flag raised again.

Brittany Ann Byuarium (Bree) Newsome climbed the pole in the early morning with the help of a harness as officers shouted at her to come down, event organizer Tamika Lewis told the New York Daily News.

“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence,” Newsome yelled from the top of the pole while gripping the flag. “I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”

She was partly correct. It came down temporarily before being raised again about an hour later.

Fellow protester James Tyson helped Newsome off the flagpole before both were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, according to WLTX.

“We didn’t see fit to have the flag stand erect while the people who were massacred were laid to rest under it,” Lewis told the Daily News.

“It’s really hurtful and a bit disgraceful,” she said of the flag’s being re-raised.

Activist and filmmaker Michael Moore promised to pay for Newsome’s bail in a tweet Saturday, and the hashtag #FreeBree was the top trend on the social media website.


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Carmine Sabia


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles