Border Guardians, a group of xenophobic self-described "patriots" from Arizona, have taken up flag burning as a form of political expression.
“Flags are symbols of government, not of people," shouted Roy Warden, as a member of his group, Border Guardians, set foot to the Mexican Flag.
As a handful of journalists, and people from both sides of the debate huddled around, members of Border Guardians set fire to Mexico’s flag.
“We have declared this our day, and our moment of expression," said Warden.
The demonstration began before the flag burning as protestors verbally sparred with ACLU members showed up to observe the event.
One man stomped, and danced on the Mexican flag. He also taunted the empty, Mexican Consulate to express the group's view:
"(This protest) is against the Mexican government and the Mexicans that are illegally present in the United States right now," says Laine Lawless, Director of Border Guardians, “I want the American people to know that we're going to stand up for them."
Roy Warden added, “You may not enter our country without our permission.”
Funny, but I think that's the same thing the Mexican government (as opposed to a group of Mexican thugs pretending to be a militia) said back in 1846. Lest anyone think that Warden and his group are acting out of ethnic hatered, the leader of the Border Guardians set the record straight:
“Our movement is of all colors of skin. It has nothing to do with racism."
Warden says the group's action's were not specifically targeting the people of Mexico.
While standing on top of the smouldering remains of the Mexican flag, Warden summed-up his group's views and their actions this way:
“We stand for the Mexican people.”
For more about the Border Guardians, Roy Warden, and premeditated flag-burning, check out this post at No More Mister Nice Blog.