Washington – Burned American flags and the demolition of a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore were some of the scenes that were experienced in the last hours in protests in different parts of the United States, after the speech that President Donald Trump gave.
On the occasion of July 4, several anti-racist demonstrations had been called and to call for the departure of Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, in various cities in the United States, which ended with the burning of flags in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, according to one of the organizers, the Revolutionary Communist Party.
In the case of the capital, participants set fire to the flag next to Lafayette Square, the park next to the White House, shouting “The United States was never great,” which contrasts with Trump’s campaign slogan. “Make America great again.”RELATED
Burning the national flag is not illegal in the United States, and in fact at the Hollywood protest was 63-year-old activist Gregory “Joey” Johnson, who in 1989 won the Supreme Court case that recognized his right to burn teaches it.
Johnson set fire to three flags, the Confederate (representing the southern states and southern slavers during the Civil War), the United States, and the Blue Lives Matter movement, to protest against Trump.
Blue Lives Matter (in opposition to Black Lives Matter), which protests against police violence against African-Americans, advocates that those convicted of murdering police officers be sentenced for hate crimes.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore (Maryland), a group of protesters knocked down the statue of Christopher Columbus located in the Little Italy area last night and threw it into the water in Inner Harbor, the CNN television reported on Sunday.
A witness told the channel that after knocking it down with a rope, the statue broke into pieces that were dragged by the protesters into the water.
These acts came after the President of the United States, Donald Trump, gave a harsh speech at the White House on July 4, Independence Day, in which he polarized.
In his speech, the president stated: “We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and the people, who in many instances do not know at all what they are doing.”
He also assured that they will never allow “an angry crowd” to erase the country’s history and tear down monuments.
This speech was similar to the one delivered the day before on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where the faces of Presidents George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) are sculpted. and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909).
There, Trump also exploited social divisions, alerted to the “left-wing cultural revolution” and announced the creation of a “National Garden of American Heroes”, with monuments to historical figures, to respond to attacks on statues.
In recent weeks, attacks on monuments of Confederation leaders, founding fathers of the United States and explorers linked to the Spanish “conquest” of America, such as Christopher Columbus, have multiplied, and are perceived as symbols of racism by protesters.
Those attacks have come in the heat of the racial protests unleashed after the death in late May of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.