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Dominicans raise flag in Hazleton, but not at city hall

Published On: Feb 27 2014 12:03:51 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 27 2014 01:34:30 PM EST

Dominicans raise flag in Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. -

Members of the Dominican community in Hazleton are celebrating the country's independence Thursday, but not in the way they had originally hoped.

A flag raising ceremony and vigil was held Thursday morning at the headquarters of La Casa Dominicana at 16 N. Laurel St.

Mayor Joe Yannuzzi denied a request from the group to raise the flag at City Hall.

He said it is against the law to fly any flag at a municipal building except the American flag, but he allowed the Irish flag to fly on St. Patrick's Day two years ago.

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The Human Rights Commission says the mayor is required to treat all countries equally and the city could face a lawsuit.

Yannuzzi said flying the Irish flag was a mistake.