Anti-police activists set out to protest racism in a New York City park Wednesday by burning the American flag. Instead, they “got a huge surprise from a group of veterans and bikers who sent the flag-burners scattering — and getting an exit escort from the same police they demonstrate against,” according to BizPac Review.
The activist group wanting to protest – “Disarm NYPD” – planned the event days in advance, but residents and the Mayor’s office were encouraging them to find another way to voice their concern, as Breitbart News previously reported.
“We maintain, unwaveringly, that both the Confederate flag, and the American flag are symbols of oppression,” the group stated.
The bikers and veterans came with water guns and carried their own flags.
The protesters did burn one flag, away from the main area where they originally intended to protest.
“They’re losers looking for a few minutes of fame,” John Carroll said to CBS2 News. “And they didn’t even have the guts to do it down there where they were far outnumbered. And I got here before they destroyed it completely.”
Following the one flag that was torched, New York Republican state Sen. Martin Golden said:
“As a proud American, I was disheartened to learn that the American flag was burned tonight in historic Fort Greene Park. It is a sad day for all of us to watch this despicable act of hatred take place on sacred Brooklyn ground.” And as CBS2 reported, “I salute the many pro-Americans who showed up and stood tall in the name of our rights and liberties.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s disappointed in the flag-burning.
“This protest is a divisive, disrespectful way to express views, and does not reflect the values of our city. The American flag represents national unity, our shared ideals and honors the brave women and men who have served our country,” de Blasio stated.