VIDEO: Supporters burn American flag outside LA office of Maxine Waters
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A group of far-right protesters who planned to demonstrate outside Rep. Maxine Waters’ district office in South Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon failed to show up, but dozens of counterprotesters did.
Waters, who is one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics, angered the group and others by calling on the public to “push back” on administration officials they spot in public.
Calling Waters a “protest terrorist inciter,” the Oath Keepers publicized the planned gathering on Twitter and said they intended to “stand against terrorism, stand for freedom of speech and association, in support of ICE/Border Patrol as they enforce constitutional immigration laws.”
But at 1 p.m., police at the protest site said authorities had been in contact with the group, and it had decided not to come in order to ensure peace.
The article goes on to state the following:
That didn’t stop around 50 counterprotesters from arriving outside her office by 12:40 p.m., some from the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local No. 36.
“We’re here to defend our community and the members of our union against the hostile threat of this violent organization that’s coming into our neighborhood with an agenda that is opposed to our interests,” said union organizer Cliff Smith. He said he and his group would not be “baited into confrontations.”
DML News offers the following additional information, published by APNEWS.COM:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small crowd that gathered Thursday outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to counter an expected protest by a self-styled militia group burned an American flag taken from the back of a pickup truck.
The incident happened after the far-right Oath Keepers group didn’t appear at the office after saying it would rally against the congresswoman.
A group of counter-protesters there to support Waters were chanting “black power” and other slogans when the pickup approached.
The vehicle, occupied by two men who appeared to be white, was stopped by the crowd. Some marchers opened the doors and one grabbed the flag flying on a pole in the bed of the truck, which sped off.
The article goes on to state the following:
The flag was stepped on and lit on fire as someone stoked the flames. A few people cheered and someone yelled, “This is not the American flag, this is their flag.”
No one was injured or arrested. Police wouldn’t immediately say whether they were investigating.
Attempts to reach a representative for Waters were unsuccessful.
Please read my statement on the Oath Keepers’ planned protest at my district office tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/1ZALWLaZJS
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) July 19, 2018
There was no protest outside Maxine Waters office today. A group called #oathkeepers did not show up. Some counter protestors who came to support Waters burned an American flag in the street. #maxinewaters #flagburning #flag pic.twitter.com/pafH7nJrWL
— Carlos Granda (@abc7carlos) July 19, 2018
‘protesters’ outside @RepMaxineWaters office after Oath Keepers rally was called off
they’re marching around a burning American flag and chanting ‘America was never great’ pic.twitter.com/49CR0JtQ1o
— Ian Michael Giatti ♻ (@IMGiatti) July 19, 2018
Flag Wavers Chased Out#MaxineWaters Office https://t.co/3uPuvZzDYV
— PMbeers (@PMbeers) July 19, 2018
#Protesters show force outside the district office of Rep. Maxine Waters in #SouthLA on Thursday in opposition to planned appearance by members of the #OathKeepers that never materialized. Burning flags, baseball bats, clenched fists and mob fervor. https://t.co/Hy8FDOoDOb pic.twitter.com/2mA5uJnGS9
— luis sinco (@luissinco) July 19, 2018
Protesters called the Oath Keepers planned to demonstrate outside Rep. Maxine Waters office in South L.A. failed to show Thur, but dozens of counterprotesters did.
— Sarah Connor (@SConnorTX) July 19, 2018
Maxine Waters Supporters Burn American Flag chanting America is Not Great! This was to defend Waters from Racists! Wow pic.twitter.com/eKRVdnU0An
— Geo Montecristo (@GeoMontecristo) July 20, 2018
This is Maxine Waters’ supporters. They steal an America flag and burn it. The left hate America. https://t.co/e4rjOn1zTY
— Diane (@SoCalValleyGal) July 19, 2018
American flag burned outside LA office of US Rep. Maxine Waters. https://t.co/ZlqAouTwPQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 20, 2018
He said the Captain had been in communication with the group. “The concern was we wanted to make sure this remains peaceful.”
Police are now leaving, they just announced pic.twitter.com/Vgf4s4k0aO
— Benjamin Oreskes🦅 (@boreskes) July 19, 2018
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