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By Emmanuelle Saliba, Euronews and Elizabeth Chuck

The removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds on Friday stirred emotional reactions across the country — including from President Barack Obama:

The controversial rebel banner — a symbol of pride for some, racism for others — has been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate since nine parishioners were murdered at an historically black church in Charleston.

The hashtag #ConfederateFlag quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Here's just a sampling of the reaction online: