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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flags lowered for Latino activist

The City of Bellevue has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of prominent local civil rights leader Roberto Maestas.

Maestras, co-founder and executive director of El Centro de la Raza, a center for the area's Latino community, died this morning at the University of Washington Medical Center. He was 72.

"Maestas was a giant in the civil rights arena," Deputy Mayor Conrad Lee said. "He was a  major inspiration for all those seeking fairness and justice for those in need."

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