Angry protesters who raised a Mexican flag at a federal detention facility for illegal aliens are treasonous, anti-American traitors, says a former state lawmaker.
The federal property in Aurora, Colorado was overrun with hundreds of protesters July 14, including a group who pulled down the American flag and replaced it with the Mexican flag (pictured above).
The group also tried unsuccessfully to burn the U.S. flag, which was covered with graffiti and run up the flag pole upside down, The Denver Post reported.
ICE facilities across the U.S. were targeted for protests over the weekend, including the Aurora site, where a crowd of approximately 2,000 showed up at the site located outside Denver. Hundreds of them eventually bypassed a barrier and entered the federal property.
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Colorado state representative, says the protesters were admitting they don’t support law enforcement or law and order.
“To tear down an American flag disrespects all Americans,” he adds, “and to raise a Mexican flag is an act of treason.”
Klingenschmitt says he is grateful that police officers on the scene remained “level-headed” and de-escalated a situation that could have turned violent.
A fellow protester told the Post that she pleaded with others to leave the U.S. flag alone but was shoved, cursed at, and spat on for confronting them.
A statement from Aurora police said they decided to allow the flag protest to continue because most of the protesters were acting peacefully.
Local law enforcement is attempting to identify the trespassing protesters from video footage, the newspaper reported.