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Confederate flag on crane causes stir in downtown Asheville

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — For about a week, a United States flag had been flying atop a tall construction crane in downtown Asheville, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

Then, on Monday, that flag was replaced — by a Confederate flag.

People working in an office building near the construction of a Marriott hotel noticed the change.

“I just happened to look at it and said, ‘That’s not right,'” said Jason Holland, one of the people who noticed the change.

Holland sent a message on Twitter to Marriott, the city and two City Council members, asking if they knew about it.

He also called the crane’s operator, Yates Construction company. Holland spoke to several people at the Mississippi-based company.

“I told them this is a pretty progressive community and that having the highest flag flown in Asheville being the Confederate flag is going to cause some attention.”

A worker eventually climbed up and pulled down the flag, replacing it with the U.S. flag.

Holland said he called the company because he thought the Confederate flag wasn’t an appropriate symbol for such a prominent place.

“I’m from the South. I have relatives who fought in the Civil War. And we’re not fighting in the Civil War any more,” he said.