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Mexican flag flies at Maywood, Calif., post office (courtesy: Terry Anderson show)
Backers of illegal immigration at a rally near Los Angeles took down an American flag at a U.S. post office, stamped on it and replaced it with a Mexican flag as police looked on, according to witnesses and a video of the event.
Police officers in Maywood, Calif.,
Saturday eventually came to the pole to remove the flag but had bottles and rocks thrown at them, a radio listener named Sandra reported to the Terry Anderson show, heard on KRLA in Los Angeles.
A video can be viewed here, and photographs can be seen here on the website of Save our State, a border-security group represented there along with the Minutemen to protest Maywood declaring itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens.
The radio listener, volunteering for Save our State, said that when she arrived at the rally she was rushed by counter-protesters who called out, “Death to the Minutemen.”
Sign at protest in Maywood, Calif. (courtesy: Bridget Johnson)
“They pushed me around and told me if I was to take one step further, they would beat the s*** out of me,” Sandra said. “I looked to the back of me and there were about four police officers leaning on their vehicle just watching, doing nothing!”
As she stepped forward, Sandra said, the counter-protesters stole her sign and ripped it up as another threw water on her.
A police officer eventually escorted her to her group.
The opposition, she said, began to get louder, and then “we watched as they took the American flag off of the flag pole and stepped on it on the ground at the United States post office and mounted a Mexican flag, and up it went.”
At this point , she said, “the police did nothing.”
“Finally, they went over to take it down, and they had bottles and rocks thrown at them,” she said. “They did not attempt to arrest anyone. They were unable to take it down because they cut the wrong line so the flag remained there for the rest of the day.”
Maywood, Calif., protest (courtesy: Bridget Johnson)
Sandra said that as police officers watched, another woman was beaten, as well as an elderly man, noting the counter-protesters “tend to pick on the weaker targets.”
“I believe that all Americans need to know about this and need to see that Mexican flag hanging at an American post office,” she wrote to Anderson. “We are being invaded and the American people need to wake up!”
Blogger Bridget Johnson, who also was at the event, said that along with Maywood’s flouting of immigration law, as a “sanctuary city,” it has disbanded its police department’s traffic unit so illegals without driver’s licenses won’t be fearful of getting their cars towed.
Referring to the supporters of open borders, she called it an “afternoon chock full of racism, ‘reconquista’ and riot cops, which included a sign claiming North America is a ‘stolen continent.'”
Johnson said that “after the local post office took down the American flag at closing time, pro-immigration demonstrators promptly ran the Mexican flag up the flagpole. Eventually, police officers surrounded the flagpole and tried to get the Mexican flag down, but the cords got twisted and they could only lower it to half-staff.”
The incident took place at Montebello High School in Montebello, Calif., when students walked out of classes at area schools in protest of a proposed federal immigration bill.
In April, a Tucson, Ariz., man was arrested after he burned a Mexican flag while demonstrating against the flow of illegal aliens into the United States over the southern border.
Thousands of supporters of illegal aliens gathered in April to protest events in over 60 cities nationwide, but most left home the Mexican flag, because of the controversy it had stirred in previous events.
In what was being called a “campaign for immigrants’ dignity,” demonstrators instead carried the U.S. flag, a noticeable change from previous rallies in opposition to immigration-reform legislation pending in Congress.