Mexican flag at City Hall fuels controversy

Dusty Vassey, The Tifton Gazette, October 7, 2005

TIFTON — Raising a flag has raised controversy in Tifton.

Since Monday, the Mexican flag has been displayed at Tifton City Hall in memory of six Mexican men who were killed here during brutal attacks Sept. 30. The Mexican flag flies third on the pole under the American flag and the Georgia state flag. All of the flags are flown at half-mast.

However, some residents have taken issue with the decision to fly another country’s flag along with that of the United States. Also, the move may violate federal law.

Mayor Paul Johnson made that decision. During a meeting with the Hispanic community at Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church Sunday, he was asked to do something to help alleviate the grief of the community.

“They asked if we could do something,” said Johnson. “I thought immediately of the flag. After pondering it, I agreed that we would fly it.” ...

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