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Photo of flag that was burned 

Credit: Wenatchee Pride 

WENATCHEE - A first-ever event celebrating the LGBTQ community and Black Lives Matter was met with apparent hate after rainbow flag was found burned outside of Pybus Market Sunday night.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, the Wenatchee Pride and North Central Wenatchee/Black Lives Matter Action Council held their inaugural march in downtown Wenatchee. 300 people partook in the peaceful display of solidarity.

Hours after the march, the Council reported that the rainbow Pride flag outside of Little Red’s Espresso and Bakery at Pybus Market was set on fire.

“Under the cover of darkness, a coward and a bigot committed a crime of hate,” the Council stated on its Facebook page. But the LGBTQ+ community is one built on resilience and strengthened by the fire of every act of hate against us. Every time we enter the forge, we emerge stronger. The fear and hatred of others who commit these crimes against us only further unify our community and the family we are.”

iFIBER ONE News was informed by Wenatchee police that the alleged act was not reported to the authorities.

The person responsible for the burning of the flag remains unknown.

(27) comments

Trumpus Interruptus

Here in Ulysses S. Grant County, burning the Confederate flag should be part of every outdoor public assembly. Sing the national anthem of our Union, burn the flag of the Confederacy in honor of the soldiers who died putting it down, and what it stood for.

Would that offend anybody? Why?

Like Cheb says below, the Confederates will still be proud of what they are.

Cheburashka

I've said this before regarding burning of the American flag: It's a piece of cloth. If you think burning it destroys what it stands for, you are a fool. LGBTQ folk will continue to be proud of who they are. And they'll buy bigger flags to replace the ones burned by cowards.

CallitasIseeit

I see what you are saying. This issue is a non-starter and not news worthy, who cares. A flag is a flag no matter what it stands for. Just a piece of cloth, no hate crime, no need to be offended. Nothing to see here.

Cheburashka

No, you don't see what I am saying. That much is obvious.

CallitasIseeit

Actually, that was sarcasm. You are the fool. That is very obvious.

Cheburashka

Oh. To quote "Spinal Tap," you appear to have crossed that "fine line between clever and....stupid." So you were being sarcastic and your actual point was to stand in favor of LGBTQ rights? Good for you! Glad you're not a bigot!!

justbecool

Man, God Bless America for having the right to say whatever we want. And God Bless the soldiers that defend those rights every day. Tell a soldier that the American Flag is “just a piece of cloth”. Or go enlist yourself, and actually fight for something greater than yourself.

Cheburashka

The soldiers mostly defend the economic interests of the US. When was the last war that defended American rights to free speech? WWII? Right now, Trump is trying to use the National Guard to suppress free speech.

justbecool

The soldiers defend the American way of life and all the liberties bestowed upon it. They don’t make policy, they don’t get to choose where they go, they sign up and deploy because they believe in America and what it stands for and every patriot brave enough to serve In the armed forces should be treated with the utmost respect. The National Guard is to stem the anarchy that is decaying our cities, let’s not confuse that with free speech.

Cheburashka

And the "American way of life" becomes more interested in silencing people like me every day. I have nothing against individuals in the military, but I think it's incorrect to say that they are why I have free speech.

justbecool

No rationalizing with this train of thought. Is the Bible just a book? Torah? Koran? Anything that means anything significant to people “just” something?

Cheburashka

Yep. If I own a Bible or a Torah, I should be able to burn It if I want to.

justbecool

No problem burning flags or bibles, just the type of person you want in your foxhole. Go get em, Comrade.

Cheburashka

Aha. So you have three accounts to spread your drivel. And how many more? No one is fooled.

justbecool

Cheb, serious question: are you ok with the CHOP zone in Seattle?

Cheburashka

No. I don't approve of the CHOP Zone. I dislike the art that depicts police as pigs, and I think the point they were making has already been made. It's not sustainable. Why do you ask?

EducatedAmerican

How is this any more of a crime then one burning the US flag. Isn't it all Freedom of Speech. You burn the US flag and it's free speech, not hate. But burn the LGTBQ flag and it's now called Hate Speech. Can't have it both ways.

indentwrack

It's the same crime as when you burn a US flag that isn't yours, destruction of property.

If you burn your own US flag, it's not a crime, if you steal your neighbor's flag and burn it, then it's a crime. This flag appears to have been stolen.

Cheburashka

Indentwrack has nailed it!

opinionscrossroad

@indent.. And how did you reach that conclusion?? After every event there are TONS of materials left afterwards and abandoned. This seems to be have left on a public pole on a public street after the event was over. Essentially abandoned and would have been taken down and discarded anyway.. So who stole what flag again??

Not that i'm advocating burning something hanging from a public pole after an event was over but who really cares??

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Cheburashka

The flag wasn't stolen. It belonged to LittleRed's Espresso. It wasn't abandoned. It was purposefully placed there as part of their business decorations. "Who really cares"? A lot of people. It's a shame that you don't. Of course, it seems like all you care about lately is contradicting people. That's a heavy cloth flag, and it's obvious that the espresso shop put some money into it.

opinionscrossroad

@cheb.. Yeah I don't care about, as you called it, a "piece of cloth".. People are dying, people cannot and will not go to the doctor that should be going, the economy is in a recession not to mention a mess, we have police killing people because they can, we have major Supreme Court decisions coming out directing legality of choices, we have a mess of a political system that only want to in-fight..

And you think I care about a piece of cloth?? To me right now that is like someone crying that someone stole my garage sale sign off the power pole that my daughter made.. I have bigger things to worry about than if some moron burned a piece of cloth.. Sorry if none of you do..

opinionscrossroad

And your snooty comment about contradicting people.. Sorry if you do not like people attempting to put out information to set the record straight.. I have challenged YOU and everyone else if something I say if incorrect or wrong then call me out on and show me why I am wrong with FACTS.. Guess what.. NOBODY has.. You have expressed your opinion and I have expressed mine but when it comes to FACTS.. I express an position and can and do support it with FACTS and documentation..

Cheburashka

Dude. I have called you out at least six times on blatant inaccuracies, exaggerations, manipulation of statistics, etc. You just cut and run when you're confronted with your own errors.

opinionscrossroad

ok i'll bite.. When have you shown that my facts are inaccurate?? You have shown counter arguments but never shown I am blatantly WRONG..

Cheburashka

Nope. Not going there. If you don't remember things (for example, the official report in the shooting of a Moses Lake resident for starters) then my reminding you won't help.

Trumpus Interruptus

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