Activists Take Flag Burning to Tampa, Despite Claims “Its an act of violence”
TAMPA – Last Saturday, a small group of protesters traveled to the Brooksville courthouse, intent on setting fire to the Confederate and American flags. The group that calls themselves the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, were met by dozens of protestors who prevented the burning and eventually forced the group to pack up and leave the area. ORIGINAL VIDEO REPORT
We asked Bettejo Passalaqua, one of the groups organizers, why they decided not to burn the flags during last week’s demonstration, she said “We decided it would be an act of violence and we are not a violent people.” Less than a week later, the group found a more hospitable audience on the grounds of Curtis Hixon Park, where their policy on “violence” changed as they proceed to burn both flags, virtually unopposed.
The group claims both flags represent a history of slavery and genocide in America and that we must build solidarity with the black community. Protestors say they have three demands of Tampa; change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School, remove the large confederate flag that flies near the I-4 / I-75 junction, and continue their investigation into the black bicyclist traffic stops.
Organizers of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement are also involved in other crusades like, the International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS) a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli occupation group that claim Israeli’s are committing genocide against women and children in Palestine.
They’re also active in the radical Occupy Tampa organization which have been vocal in anti-police violence rallies, pro-marijuana legalization, and like the IWPS, claim Israel is committing unprovoked acts of violence against the Palestinian people.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement vows to continue their efforts to end discrimination in the Tampa Bay Area.
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