Thursday, April 13, 2006

Burn US Flag, Si; Mexican Flag, Non

The ACLU has championed the right of Americans to burn the American flag as a form of "speech". Let's see if they come to the aid of this man, arrested for burning a Mexican flag in a counter-illegal immigration protest.

From the Arizona Daily Star:
A Tucson man was arrested Tuesday for his role in the burning of a Mexican flag as part of a counterprotest at a pro-immigration rally.
At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tucson police cited Roy Warden, 58, on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and reckless burning, and then released him, according to Sgt. Decio Hopffer.
Video footage shot Monday by police and the media showed Warden assaulting a TV cameraman and a photographer, Hopffer said. Because only one of the men pressed charges, there is only one assault charge.
Warden faces the criminal-damage charge for harm done to the concrete shuffleboard court where Warden's group was burning the Mexican flag, Hopffer said.
I don't advocate burning national flags as a form of protest.

But fair is fair, if people insist that burning the US flag is "political speech", then so is the burning any other national flag.

Via Stop the ACLU.