Occupy Duluth Flips Flag

By KBJR News 1

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 5:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- A protest by the Occupy Duluth group has stirred some controversy over their methods.

The Northlands NewsCenter reports a number of people have complained about a flag the protestors are flying upside down.

They say first and foremost they mean no disrespect to the country nor to the nation's flag.

They say the upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress in America and they feel America's economy is in severe distress.

Duluth mayor Don Ness's office says a number of residents have complained about the upside down flag in front of our courts and city hall.

A Spokesmen for the group stressed that the upside down flag is something that is sanctioned by federal law as a sign of distress.

"The Flag was raised by a member of our group, who's a veteran. It was raised upside down as a symbol of distress. It was his understanding, and I think it would be shared by a lot of the group, that we are in a state of emergency in this country."

The group has made some changes.

Originally they raised a traditional American flag upside down but after a group meeting they said they understood that it could be considered offensive to some and so changed to a flag with a peace sign on it.

Vern Simula, is a member of the occupy Duluth movement and a Korean War Vet and the group supported his idea.

Written for the web by: Zach Vavricka