Protesters Gather Outside the Capital in Tallahassee

Florida State Capitol
Posted at 9:46 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 16:57:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Protesters gathered at the steps of the Capital Saturday in Tallahassee. 

The group, Florida League of the South, was there to protest Bills prohibiting the display of the confederate flag or emblem. The Bills restricting the flags or emblems from any publicly owned or leased property by the state, county or city. The Bills will be up for a vote this Florida session. 

The Florida League of the South say, the bill would take away part of their southern history.

James Colquhoun, Public Affair Officer for Florida League of the South says, "It's not just about culture. It's not just about heritage, but it is a symbol that represents to southerners everywhere. So we see when people want to take down this flag what they are really saying is they want to replace us. They want to replace this flag with something else. They want to replace us as a specific and unique people."

Other residents in Tallahassee were there to protest against the protesters, saying, the organization could possibly pose a potential threat to the community. 

One Tallahassee resident, Melinda Stuart-Tilley says, "If it were only about the Confederate flag and the right to display a flag, then I probably wouldn't be here today. But instead it's about what the flag symbolizes. And it's about the hate they have espoused. If you look on social media, you will find things that will absolutely horrify you. And I think that every decent, moral person needs to speak out against this."

Several people spoke at the protest and there was a flag ride leading up to the event.