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Kingston Council has condemned the flying of Nazi flags in the municipality as totally unacceptable. Mayor Cr John Ronke labelled the act a blatant publicity stunt and urged people not to give the flag business any further promotion.
|Today Council received complaints that two flags – one bearing a swastika and another with the SS logo – were flying at a private residence in Kingston. The flag is visible from a busy road. |
A Council Local Laws Officer went to the property and asked for the flags to be taken down, but the resident refused.
The Mayor then called the resident and asked on behalf of the community for the flags to be removed.
After speaking with the Mayor, the resident agreed to take the flags down tonight, but it is deplorable that the flags remain flying for the duration of the day.
“Kingston Council does not condone flying Nazi flags and this is disgusting behaviour. Unfortunately we don’t have any enforcement powers to take the flags down, but we are doing everything we can to try and discuss the matter with the resident,” Cr Ronke said.
Council also spoke with police to ensure they were aware of the issue.
Unfortunately this is not the first time Council has received complaints relating to this matter.
On 9 November 2011, Council received reports that a Nazi flag was being flown at the same residence.
Council investigated and asked the resident to take down the flag.
Council is investigating whether a Local Law could be introduced to ban flying Nazi flags.
“We encourage the community not to buy into this publicity stunt. The more people talk about this matter, the more promotion this business will receive,” Cr Ronke said.