Protesters march against Nazi flag in Fruita

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Amongst several Confederate flags, a Nazi flag flew at a house in Fruita. Dozens of protesters gathered to march in front of the house Sunday evening.

"It's concerning that he's displaying that hateful image so close to young, impressionable children," said protest organizer Joe Gibson.

"I hope there are people that express anger, and sadness, and pain at what this guy has done," Gibson said.

He hopes this protest has an impact for everyone.

"Really I just want a future where my kids can grow up without Nazis and hate on our streets," Gibson said.

But on the other side of the street, a different argument.

"Do I believe in the swastika behind me? It's part of history. That's the only opinion I have on it," said Fruita resident Paul Delancy.

He thinks the family has the right to fly the flag.

"I'm not even here to support flying the flag, or not flying the flag. I'm here to protect a family in defense of their right to fly the flag," Delancy said.

The reason the flag was flying, is still up in the air.

“My understanding it was as a joke, because his mother is Jewish, and he was trying to provoke a reaction out of her," Delancy said.

But other flags were flying high.

"You have a flag across the street that is an American flag that they turned into a rainbow. According to the US constitution that's desecration of an American flag," Delancy said.

"Everybody should be able to be who they want to be, and you know, if the neighbor wants to fly that flag that's his prerogative," said Fruita resident, Trey Downey.

For Trey, the Nazi flag is a little much.

"Once you get to the point of it being hatred, its something you know at least someone should say something about it," Downey said.

But he believes his neighbor has his rights.

"Would I love for them not to have the flag up, yes. But they are completely protected by the constitution," Downey said.

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