- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque officials are calling for Confederate symbols in the city’s Old Town Plaza to be removed.

State Sen. Bill O’Neill, a Bernalillo Democrat, Albuquerque City Councilman Isaac Benton and Procession Ministry Elder Mike Jefferson Sunday asked for the three Confederate plaques, flag and confederate cannons to be removed from the Plaza, which they say is a tourist destination.

The Confederacy briefly occupied Albuquerque in 1862. The battle flag hangs in the plaza along with flags from Spain, Mexico, the United States and the State of New Mexico to represent the city’s five governing entities since 1706.

The request for removal comes as many cities have decided not to fly the Confederate battle flag in the wake of the Charleston church shooting that killed nine people.

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