Rainbow flag flying again at City Hall after being cut down
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The City of Calgary has raised a new rainbow flag outside of City Hall after the old one was cut down Friday.
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"An individual committed an act of vandalism by cutting the cord on one of the flag poles in front of Historic City Hall. The flag pole was immediately repaired and the pride flag was returned to the top of the pole," said Daorcey Le Bray, communications adviser to Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Calgary police were notified about the incident. Officials say a review of footage from security cameras in the nearby area may help identify the culprit.
"I know I speak for nearly all Calgarians when I say that this vandalism is completely distasteful and inappropriate," said Nenshi in a statement. "A hateful act like this re-enforces why it is important to raise the pride flag in the first place."
Several people noticed the flag missing before it was replaced Friday afternoon.
Regan Ogilvie, a communications officer for Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart, tweeted shortly before 3 p.m. MT that the original flag had disappeared.
However, city staff were on it within the hour.
Ogilvie tweeted a photo of the flag being replaced roughly 40 minutes after noticing it was missing.
The rainbow flag will come down again Saturday for the funeral of former alderman Sue Higgins.
Le Bray says it will go back up Sunday morning and remain until the Olympics end.