DisarmNYPD protesters rescued by NYPD at flag burning protest
We wrote the other day of the “Burn the American Flags” Event to be held on July 1, 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, by a group called DisarmNYPD.
The event got a lot of attention from the media, as this image posted by the group behind the protest shows:
But there were counter-protesters — including people wearing biker jackets — who were none too pleased:
In the end, the police rescued the flag burners from the counter-protesters, an irony The NY Post captured as only the NY Post can:
It was the counter-protesters calling for racial unity, not the flag burners:
The group sponsoring the flag burning issued a statement on Facebook, which reads in part:
The point we intended to make was proved twice over: Firstly, we did exactly what we said we would, and burned both racist flags, American and Confederate. Secondly, and most importantly, it was the police themselves who demonstrated the correspondence between the Stars and Stripes and the rebel flag of Dixie by openly aiding and abetting armed and violent racists as they attempted to attack our rally. After being given a plainly visible go-ahead from the NYPD, white supremacists with knives, bikers with hammers, and a motley assortment of various other extreme nationalists were turned loose like dogs. What occurred yesterday was the clearest display of the patriotism that we are determined to fight against. We can also confidently say that this reaction by the police and by the far right in America has shown without a shadow of a doubt that our struggle against white supremacy is reaching a fever pitch.
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