Saturday, May 14, 2011

Feel Good Story Of The Week: Wannabe Flag Burner Chased Off By Peaceful Protest

Benjamin Haas was counting on his freedom of speech when he was planning on making his protest speech but he forgot one thing. That everyone else had freedom of speech too.

LSU graduate student Benjamin Haas had originally planned to burn an American flag Wednesday to promote his First Amendment rights and to support an LSU student arrested last week for stealing and burning a flag.

When Haas finally arrived to a chaotic scene, he was surrounded by a large crowd yelling obscenities and chanting, "U-S-A" and "Go to hell hippie, go to hell."

Water balloons and bottles were thrown at him and, before Haas could speak, horse-mounted police escorted him out for his own safety to a police car on Highland Road as the crowd followed and he was driven off.
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Haas' plans developed after LSU student Isaac Eslava was arrested last week for cutting down and burning the American flag at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground.

Eslava, a native of Colombia, allegedly burned the flag early May 2 just hours after the death of Osama bin Laden.

Got that? Haas was protesting the arrest of Isaac Eslava who vandalized and destroyed public property because Osama bin Laden was killed.

Perspective.

3 comments:

  1. "Peaceful Protest"
    "Water balloons and bottles were thrown at him"

    I don't know, an angry mob hurling objects at somebody doesn't sound all that peaceful to me. I guess that if the crowd was really quiet while they were doing it that would fall under SOME definition of peaceful, at least.

    "he was surrounded by a large crowd yelling obscenities and chanting, "U-S-A" and "Go to hell hippie, go to hell.""

    Oh. Never mind.

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  2. Was anyone hurt besides the wannabe flag burner's feelings? No?

    I rest my case. It was a peaceful protest.

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  3. Excuse me.. I meant to say was anyone hurt besides Haas' widdle fweelies?

    No? I rest my case.

    It was a peaceful protest.

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