- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Texas mayor wants federal agents to investigate what he described as an “Arabic flag” that mysteriously appeared hanging from the top of a government-owned building Monday.

The black banner with a red heart and the words “love all” in Arabic was draped from the roof of Citizens Tower in Lubbock and stabilized with two cinder blocks, Fox News reported.

Mayor Glen Robertson asked City Manager James Loomis to have the flag removed from the building and to reevaluate the security there.

“I have sent Mr. Loomis an email requesting that we remove the Arabic flag from the Omni building, that we take all steps necessary to secure the building and that Chief [Greg] Stevens notify the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office,” Mr. Robertson said in a statement.

“It is premature to come to conclusions before we can gather more facts but I believe that we must take this situation seriously in light of current national and international events,” the mayor said.

Chief Stevens said the sheriff’s department had received three reports of trespassing since 2014 at Citizens Tower, which is mostly vacant except for construction work, Fox News reported. The banner case is reportedly being treated as a trespassing investigation.

“Even though the message seems to be innocuous and well-meaning, that was not the best way to go about spreading the message,” Councilman Victor Hernandez told Lubbock Online.

The flag was cut down shortly after noon Monday.

Syrian native Hasan Almekdash, an Arabic language instructor at Texas Tech, suggested that since the flag was found the day after Valentine’s Day, the person behind the stunt may have wanted to spread a message of love. Still, it should have been done another way, he told Lubbock Online.



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