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Midstate activist Stilp plans to burn Nazi-Confederate flag in protest

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 20, 2017 10:42 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Provided by Edward Conner, it shows a Nazi flag displayed for purchase on a merchandise vendor's trailer Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Bloomsburg Fair fairgrounds. (Edward Conner via AP)

(Bloomsburg) -- A midstate activist aiming to protest the Bloomsburg Fair's decision to allow the sale of Confederate flags says he plans to burn a combination Nazi-Confederate flag.

Gene Stilp is seeking a permit to burn the two-sided Nazi-Confederate flag in front of the Columbia County Courthouse on Friday to coincide with the start of the Bloomsburg Fair.

Stilp says Nazi and Confederate symbols represent "racial hatred, bigotry, death to American citizens and oppression." He says people should ask themselves if "they and their friends are supporters of that anti-American message?"

Last year, the Bloomsburg Fair garnered attention when someone discovered a vendor selling swastika flags. The vendor was asked to leave.

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