Several protesters have been arrested in front of the White House on Thursday after an American flag was set on fire in protest to President Trump’s “Salute to America” event, scheduled to happen later in the evening.
While it’s unclear who or what group burnt the flag, video from Washington exhibits a variety of protesters forming in a circle earlier than the flag goes up in flames, the Secret Service has detained at least three people.
Scuffles adopted the burning between left-wing activists and supporters of Trump.
A group referred to as the Revolution Club had earlier sent out a press release on Wednesday asserting its intent to burn an American flag.
“Tomorrow on the Fourth of July, I am going to be [burning the American flag] right here … in front of the White House,” Gregory “Joey” Johnson, a member of the Revolution Club, mentioned throughout a Wednesday press convention. “I’m going to be speaking to the individuals of the world, letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world.”
Apart from the flag burning, Washington police and District of Colombia National Guard troops have had their hands full this July 4th dealing with the influx of both protesters and revelers in town for Trump’s extravaganza.
Within the shadow of the Washington Monument, the anti-war group Codepink erected a 20-foot tall “Trump baby” balloon to protest what it referred to as the president’s co-opting of Independence Day.