Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag Outside ICE Facility In Aurora

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12 July 2019
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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Aurora on Friday evening to march to the ICE detention facility where illegal and undocumented immigrants are being housed. They also removed the U.S. flag, replaced it with a Mexican flag, and spray painted graffiti on a Blue Lives Matter flag before it was seen flying upside down on the flag pole ...

The original flags outside the ICE facility, including the U.S. flag and Colorado flag were placed on the flag poles after the crowd dispersed. The Mexican flag and spray painted Blue Lives Matter flag were removed  [article Image displayed] ...


Each news channel added additional information, which is listed below.


Channel 9 News, protesters ignored the Organizer's rules, so candlelight vigil cancelled: 

 Organizers with Lights for Liberty grew concerned about the entire group's safety and frustrated that some protesters were defying their wishes to stay off federal property. Eventually, Lights for Liberty asked the group to disperse and go home, and a large portion of the protesters left-

Channel 7 News re the flags:

There was a rift in the crowd about whether that action was appropriate, with some undocumented protesters [emphasis CAIRCO] leaving out of concern for their safety.-

Fox 31 news- ""let them all in"

The march was organized by immigrant rights groups, and "close the camps" and "let them all in" were two of their rallying cries-

At the start of the protest, about 7 p.m., a splinter group of about 50 people broke off from the main group, crossing a chain-link gate and entering the ICE property.. Organizers tried calling the group back, off the property and back into the public right of way, to no avail.-

The protesters also removed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, honoring law enforcement, spray-painted it with the words “Abolish ICE,” then raised the flag upside-down, on a pole next to the Mexican flag -


PHOTOS: Protesters rally at ICE detention facility in Aurora, Colorado, Denver Post.