It would seem that, on the left, the mode of protest du jour is to burn the American flag, because burning the flag of the country that protects your freedom to do such things isn’t ironic at all.
Surprising exactly nobody, a group of America-hating protesters outside of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland set about burning an American flag on Wednesday.
However, that defiant act of protest didn’t exactly go over well with some of the crowd, nor with the law enforcement officers observing everything.
As the protesters readied themselves to light the flag, they were confronted by a group of bikers bearing fire extinguishers ready to put out the blaze.
— Phoebe Beach (@PhoebeBeach) July 20, 2016
The bikers were in turn joined by some of Cleveland’s brave firefighters, who were also on scene for the same reason.
— News2Share (@news_2_share) July 20, 2016
The flag was ultimately burned, and police used pepper spray to break up the crowd that had gathered around the flaming fabric.
Police in Cleveland make arrests, likely due to this flag burning https://t.co/6kHmE8AGcA
— Chip Bell (@ChipBell404) July 20, 2016
Once the fire was extinguished, arrests were made of some of the perpetrators.
— RaviMadhwani (@RMRealtor) July 20, 2016
Now, some may say, “But wait, I thought burning an American flag was legal, as disrespectful as it may be.” Those individuals would be correct.
That said, lighting anything on fire in the midst of a crowd, particularly in a city street during a tense protest, is pretty much not legal, no matter what is being burned.
— Davaughn Wistrom (@Butch452) July 20, 2016
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