Three May Day Communist protesters were arrested this week for allegedly setting fire to an American flag in a city park, police said.
The three Communist suspects reportedly branched off from a group of 15 protesters before dousing the flag with “ignitable liquid,” around 6:20 p.m., Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said.
Authorities apprehended Communists Landon Rice, 23; VanaMary Isaac, 26; and Dhruv Pathak, 24, the Charlotte Observer reported.
While burning the American flag is considered protected free speech under the First Amendment, setting objects on fire in a city park is not legal, hence the protesters were arrested, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Communists Rice, Isaac, and Pathak face charges of carelessness with fire and injury to real property, police said.
North Carolina court records show Rice, who lives in Charlotte, was found guilty in the past of simple assault and driving while intoxicated. She has also been charged with resisting arrest (charge later dismissed) and impeding traffic. She pleaded guilty to the latter charge and sought prayer for judgment, meaning the court did not enter a final judgment of conviction in the case.
Charlotte TV station WCNC reported the resisting arrest and impeding traffic charges were filed during protests that erupted in the city after a district attorney decided not to press charges against the police officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott during an incident in an apartment community parking lot.
Records show Dhruv Pathak of Charlotte has been charged in the past with impeding traffic, resisting arrest, second degree trespass, disorderly conduct and assault on a government official. All were dismissed except the charge of impeding traffic. He pleaded guilty in that case and sought a prayer for judgment.
May Day is also known as International Workers’ Day and is the celebration by Communists as the birth of Marxism.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 3rd, 2018