(FreedomJournal.org)- Virginia state officials ordered an American flag be removed from a construction project in Richmond, citing the possibility that it will become a target of violent rioters over the July 4th weekend. The flag was removed from the construction site because of the huge amount of violence and destruction committed by Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists over the last month.
A spokeswoman from the Virginia Department of General Servicers, Dena Potter, cited the ongoing riots as a reason to protect the construction site and flag.
“Over the past month we’ve seen buildings and structures around Capitol Square vandalized and flags, dumpsters, a bus and other items set ablaze during demonstrations around the city,” she said.
“When we saw the flag, we were concerned that it could become a target, so we told the contractor to remove it,” she added.
It’s a sad state of affairs and while many people may be offended and angry that state officials would make such a decision, it’s hard to ignore that this was an attempt at protecting the flag and the construction site from far-left Democrat supporters who have already shown how willing they are to tear down monuments and burn down buildings.
The contractor working on the project, however, was not happy about the decision. The flag was made by his company, which offers fireproofing services, out of tarps. In a Facebook post, Eric Winston from American Coatings Corp. showed a photograph of the flag with the caption, “the straw just broke the camels back!”
“We thought it would be a good idea to hang it, which we did this morning at the new General assembly job, downtown Richmond. Early on it got great reviews by all, and thank you to the GC for allowing us to do it…” he said. “BUT the GC got a call and we now have to remove it. It seems the ‘State’ deems it a target this weekend for protesters.”
“The American Flag is a symbol of Freedom!” he added. “Many men and women died to maintain this freedom, many more fought and still fight to keep this freedom, and you make us remove it?”
What do you think – should it have been kept udespiteof the rioters?