A group of ‘protestors’ who were standing up against Trump’s fascist government tried to burn an American flag. When that happened, an American patriot stepped in and did something about it. You’ve got to check this out!
A group of protesters set fire to multiple American flags on the Iowa City pedestrian mall on Thursday, setting off a scuffle and heated verbal arguments with bystanders.
The flag burning was not intended to be anti-veteran, members of the group said, but instead meant to protest racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism, they said.
“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” said Paul Osgerby of Iowa City. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th century.”
Still, the actions caused a scene on the pedestrian mall across from the Old Capitol Mall, as onlookers shouted and a man in a FedEx uniform, Matt Uhrin, rushed out with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. Uhrin took one of the flags from protesters, scuffling with a number of protesters in the process.
One onlooker, Bob Guyer, said the act was disrespectful to military veterans.
“Probably every one of them has a relative at one point or another that died for that,” Guyer said, referring to the flag.
“That’s not free speech. Too many people have died for it,” he said.
But Osgerby said the group’s action was taken in part because of what he considers the threat of fascism in the United States under President Donald Trump, including Trump’s order for federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency to halt their communication with the public through news releases and social media.
“We are looking at fascism, and I believe that it’s my First Amendment right to protest that in a nonviolent way,” Osgerby said.
Happening now: a confrontation on the ped mall as people burn an American flag as protest. pic.twitter.com/aPkMdls6oQ
— Stephen GruberMiller (@sgrubermiller) January 26, 2017