Protesters at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Colorado took the U.S. flag down from one of the facility’s flagpoles. They then replaced it, hoisting the Mexican flag in its place. This happened yesterday outside the Aurora, Colorado, ICE facility, where scores of protesters gathered to protest deportation raids the Trump administration has planned to start tomorrow.
The demonstration in Colorado was part of an event called “March to Close the Concentration Camps”, in reference to immigrant detention centers, the conditions in which have been the subject of much criticism, and even the subject of a congressional hearing yesterday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. At yesterday’s hearing, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who toured multiple detention centers and decried their conditions, said, according to CBS News, that it was a particular affront to see the U.S. flag all over these facilities that are such poor examples of the treatment of detainees. That may have also been part of what the Colorado protesters had in mind when they took down the American flag, that they are offended by what their government, their country, is doing in the treatment of immigrants. Colorado TV station KDVR anchor Matt Mauro captured this video of a Mexican flag being hoisted after the American flag was taken down.
Later, the police put the American flag back up, but Aurora police chief Nick Metz also praised protesters for remaining peaceful. According to The Hill:
Protesters took down an American flag outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Colorado this week and replaced it with a Mexican flag, according to footage posted online. …According to CBS News, hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside the facility on Friday to demonstrate against planned raids targeting undocumented immigrants that are expected to start on Sunday. …The demonstration was part of an effort organized on Facebook that was called “March to Close the Concentration Camps.” The event was reportedly orchestrated under the Lights for Liberty coalition. …Footage captured later on Friday night showed police raising the American flag outside the facility again. Local police chief Nick Metz said protesters remained “peaceful” in a tweet on Friday night and added that the demonstration showed the “best of Aurora.”
This was Aurora, Colorado, police chief Nick Metz’s tweet praising the peaceful nature of the demonstration, writing, ” Tonight we witnessed the best of Aurora (Police & Community) during the peaceful #LightsForLiberty demonstration. Thank you to everyone who remained peaceful & took the time to thank my cops…& thank you to all the officers who were there to ensure everyones safety.”