By Patrick Goodenough
Video posted on social media on Tuesday night showed a protester on the streets around the Democratic National Convention venue in Philadelphia setting fire to an American flag.
A few dissenting voices can be heard, but no one was seen intervening to stop the masked protester.
The clip shows a man wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask dangling a burning U.S. flag into flames. Then he drops it into the fire and does a triumphant dance, stomping on the remains of the flag.
None of those gathered around is seen trying to stop him, although voices can be heard objecting to his action: “What is wrong with you? Stop it! This is not what we stand for!”
Some clapping can also be heard.
Those protesting near the Wells Fargo Center included supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and people demonstrating against police violence – or what organizers Philly Coalition for REAL Justice called the “Black DNC Resistance March against the Capitalist & Racist Government” – or alternatively, the “Black DNC Resistance March against Police Terrorism & State Repression.”
In another clip posted on social media, apparently at the same location, people gathered around the burning flag are heard chanting, “Feel the Bern!”
Meanwhile, an Israeli flag was also torched – this time by a woman with some of her face concealed by a black scarf. Demonstrators around her chanted, “Long live the intifada,” and a male voice could be heard shouting, “Death to the U.S. empire!”
During the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party set an American flag alight, while some chanted, “1, 2, 3, 4, slavery, genocide and war! 5, 6, 7, 8, America was never great!”