Protest Spurs Removal of Flags

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The University of Texas at Arlington has taken down more than 120 flags representing international students in response to protests over the Socialist Republic of Vietnam flag.

Vietnamese-American students and community members lobbied against the inclusion of the postwar Vietnamese flag in a hall at the school's engineering college.

Those against the flag claim it is a symbol of oppression.

The flag was added to the hall in April and flew along with 122 other banners, including the flag for the Republic of South Vietnam.

The flags represented all international students who have studied in the engineering college.

University president James Spaniolo said in a statement that the flags were removed to allow a, quote, "cooling off period."

The school plans to form a committee to explore ways to celebrate the school's student diversity.

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