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Protesters take down US flag at ICE facility, replace it with Mexican flag

The Hill logo The Hill 7/13/2019 Aris Folley
a tree in front of a building: Protesters take down US flag at ICE facility, replace it with Mexican flag © Twitter Protesters take down US flag at ICE facility, replace it with Mexican flag

Protesters took down an American flag outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Colorado this week and replaced it with a Mexican flag, according to footage posted online.

Footage of a demonstration outside of the Aurora, Colo., facility posted Friday shows dozens of protesters cheering as a Mexican flag was raised on a pole in front of the building.

According to CBS News, hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside the facility on Friday to demonstrate against planned raids targeting undocumented immigrants that are expected to start on Sunday. ICE agents will launch massive targeting undocumented immigrants scheduled for deportation, in an operation that President Trump delayed weeks ago.

The demonstration was part of an effort organized on Facebook that was called "March to Close the Concentration Camps." The event was reportedly orchestrated under the Lights for Liberty coalition.

A description of the event on its Facebook page reads: "Join us as part of the national day of action to close the concentration camps. This is the kick-off of a national campaign to close the migrant and refugee camps in the United States. Calling on folks and groups from Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Longmont, and surrounding areas."

Footage captured later on Friday night showed police raising the American flag outside the facility again.

Local police chief Nick Metz said protesters remained "peaceful" in a tweet on Friday night and added that the demonstration showed the "best of Aurora."

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