Heads of several Turkish associations as well as a town council member have rejected the recent call by the mayor of an Austrian town to remove Turkish flags displayed at homes since the July 15 coup attempt.

Klaus Schneeberger, the mayor of Wiener Neustadt, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Vienna, issued last week an open letter to Turkish associations and housing cooperatives calling for flags to be removed in the interest of integration.

"Wiener Neustadt is a cosmopolitan, tolerant city," he said in the letter quoted by the Kurier newspaper last week.

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