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Swastika advert causes outrage

Swastika Advert Causes Outrage

This is the plane that ruined many New York-area beachgoers' relaxing day on the coast. The advert featuring a swastika sign was seen flying over Brighton Beach and Coney Island Saturday, prompting several complaints.

The group behind the advert, an organization called Pro Swastika, reportedly flew it in dozens of major cities that day. The organization's founder told WNBC they're intentions were not to offend - they want to change the image back to its original meaning.

"In the western world the symbol has been hijacked by the Nazis. We're here to basically reclaim it from them. As long as there are people still offended by it, it means that we need to continue our work. We feel the need to continue to rehabilitate the symbol."

On its website, Pro Swastika explains the controversial word actually started out meaning "good luck" and "good will."

But here's the questionable ... or rather *more* questionable part: The advert is part of a campaign called Swastika Rehabilitation Week lead by a UFO group.

The groups leader told The Huffington Post the swastika was given to humans by a group of extraterrestrial scientists who created mankind.

And the only way to show them that humans have evolved enough to accept them is to rehabilitate the symbol.

This is the fifth year that the group has attempted to remove the Nazi stigma from the swastika, the campaign will hit 50 cities all over the world and lasts through July 12.

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jnjbeery July 13 2014 at 6:21 PM

People need to grow up, and quit looking for things to complain about. This is still a free country and freedom of speech. Or maybe you could complain to Obama and he could take all your freedoms away and dictate what you can do the rest of your life. Get a life

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gizmoprof July 13 2014 at 6:40 PM

BS. They know exactly what that symbol has come to mean. You can't undo the deaths of millions of Jews, by saying, "it means good will" BS.

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fstltasc July 13 2014 at 6:34 PM

irregardless of the previous comment, the Swastika, or Hakencruz, or flyflot cross, all three names, plus many others, was and is an ancient symbol of many civilizations over many thousands of years. from not only Sanskrit but also Asian, and Native American. We should "rehabilitate" it. That will be the final victory over Naziism, Hitler and his gang, little green men not withstanding:)

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aledobears July 13 2014 at 7:07 PM

YOU CAN'T CHANGE WHAT IT MEANS TO SO MANY...WE HAVE NO PLAN TO (START LIKING) SOMETHING, THAT REPRESENTED HATE AND MURDER!!! wow.....

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Richard July 14 2014 at 8:22 AM

Flying over the beaches where Jewish families go, huh?

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jtdancernh July 14 2014 at 10:54 AM

To all the idiots posting comments equating liberals with Nazis: The Nazis were an extremist RIGHT WING party. As such, they have much more in common with today's Conservative Republicans.

That's ok, though--I'm guessing they're serving up your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid, so you're obviously drinking more of it.

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tommie July 14 2014 at 8:08 AM

REALLY YOU OBAMA BASHERS? I AM NOT SURPRISED HE SOMEHOW CAME INTO THIS DISCUSSION ALSO! CAN YOU IDIOTS GET A LIFE AND STOP BLAMING HIM FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS? STUPID IDIOTS!

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dhsdome tommie July 14 2014 at 8:15 AM

Takes one to know one.

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dastardlydan tommie July 14 2014 at 9:13 AM

DUMBASS!

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Chris July 14 2014 at 9:24 AM

Where do these nuts job come from?Aliens must dump them off on earth to give us all something to laugh at.

Sorry knuckleheads, the swastika will be forever associated with the Nazis, racists and other idiots who think its a cool symbol. That issue is firmly settled in history.

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MICHAEL Chris July 14 2014 at 9:54 AM

sorry, no, its not. get an education and learn what the swastika really means and stop dwelling in a dead past.

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pam w July 14 2014 at 12:47 AM

We whole-heartedly AGREE with the ad! SHEEPLE need to STOP and THINK. You people ARE giving the past nazi regime power and acknowledgment with the PAST SACRED symbol. SACRED.. symbol, INTERNATIONALLY. The swastika symbol NEED TO be raised BACK to its original HOME meaning. STOP keep "raping it"! PLEASE research the meaning of the symbol BEFORE you 'give in' to what the world's sicko made it to mean, for THEM. For US, Native Americans as well as other native peoples in the world, the swastika symbol has meant POSITIVE, for eternity! People NEED TO start change their view BACK to its original meaning and what it STANDS for. It is NOT nazi and it is NOT german!

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emraldctys pam w July 14 2014 at 1:58 AM

How old are ewe? Who in your family died in WWII over that harmless emblem?? Yeah, didn't think so. If you have any WWii survivors who actually fought, (for the Allies and not those Broken Cross animals), ask them what they think.

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KCCROM July 14 2014 at 12:41 AM

There are Swastika symbols in the tile floor of the Ellicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo, NY ! They were there before Hitler came into power and nobody has tried to remove either !

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