Angry Mob Chases Would-Be Flag Burner Off LSU Campus
NEWSCORE – A mob of angry protesters chased a would-be flag burner at Louisiana State University (LSU) off campus Wednesday to chants of “USA, USA.”
Graduate communications student Benjamin Haas had earlier been given permission by the school to burn the flag. But because he lacked a local burn permit, he agreed instead to read a statement in an area of the university known as free speech alley.
“You had a lot of people on both sides of the debate getting into a lot of fights,” said James Haralson, manager of Tiger TV, the university television station. “The students started yelling obscenities at him. People started throwing bottles at him.”
Fox News reports that Haas’ actions were in response to the arrest of another student, who was charged with taking and burning the American flag once posted at LSU’s War Memorial. That incident came just hours after Osama bin Laden’s killing by US Navy SEALS last week.
Haralson, who filmed the protest, said Haas was surrounded by police officers on horseback and as they protest swelled, they moved him to a safer location.