Occupy member explains flag burning

McClatchy Newspapers


An Occupy Charlotte member who was jailed after helping burn two U.S. flags told other members late Friday that while he’s sorry for the trouble it may have caused the movement, he’s not sorry for what he did.

“Those were actions taken on my own behalf,” Alex Tyler said at a camp meeting. “I did it to display my utter contempt for American greed, not [the military].”

Tyler, 19, of Fort Mill, was among four Charlotte-area men charged Friday when police say they burned two U.S. flags at the organization’s camp site in the uptown area. Two were members of the Occupy Charlotte group.

Burning a U.S. flag is not against the law, but police said the four were charged with careless use of a fire because they didn’t use a fire pit.

SDLqI’ve seen this group lose its activism and become lazy,” said Tyler, adding that the other men told him, “We’re going to give Occupy Charlotte a wake-up call.”

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