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Bringing Hazleton Flag Debate to the State Level

HAZLETON — A group that’s been pushing to have the Dominican Republic flag flown at city hall in Hazleton is now taking their fight to the state level.

The Dominican House held a news conference Sunday at the group’s headquarters on Laurel Street in Hazleton.

The city’s mayor told members of the Dominican House they could not fly the country’s flag in celebration of Dominican independence, citing a state law.

Victor Perez said the law is more than 100 years old, and he plans to ask state lawmakers to modify it.

“It is better for the city to be open to everybody, not to be too close-minded,” said Victor Perez of the Dominican House.

Members of Casa Dominican said they’re very sorry to see the way people are reacting to the effort to have the Dominican Flag flown in Hazleton.


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