“They say they are displaying their Southern pride, but that flag has so much blood against my people,”
At 12:30 p.m.,
This lasted for about ten minutes until activists were met by Plantation Police officers, who tried to steer them out of the roadway. Within a few minutes, they begrudgingly moved aside and allowed the fleet of Confederate flag supporters to depart, beeping and shouting back in retaliation.
Protesters then lit a Confederate flag on fire and threw its burnt remains into the roadway. It was then repeatedly run over. One protester even wiped the Confederate flag over her butt, then laid it down on the road. A Confederate flag supporter refused to drive over it, getting out of his truck, picking it up, and then kissing it.
“That flag is a symbol of bigotry and hate,” Cassia Laham tells New Times. “We don’t want it in our town.”
After the line of Confederate flag supporters made its way through, they continued on side streets until reaching Markham Park, where a pavilion was rented for a picnic. But when demonstrators arrived at Markham, they were again met by protesters. This time, protesters had blocked the park entrance.
The line of traffic piled almost a quarter-mile down State Road 84. A Confederate flag backer on a motorcycle grew frustrated and drove through the line of protesters locking arms. “One motorcycle snaked around and basically had no qualms plowing through the entire crowd,” Cara Reaser tells New Times. “I didn’t want to get run over, so I stepped slightly to the right. My sign got run over and hit me. It’s bent. If I hadn’t moved, he would’ve run me down.”
Activists held up the rally for at least a half-hour before police pointed them to an area across from the Confederate flag rally’s picnic pavilion. Activists marched ahead, and the Confederate flag backers followed behind.
At the pavilion, caution tape separated protesters from the Confederate flag backers. Both sides yelled. While some of it was offensive (one woman told the activists to get a job), there was serious debate about the history and meaning of the Confederate flag.
Activists filed a report with Sunrise Police against the couple that ran them down with their motorcycle (handing over video of the crime) and another man who allegedly brandished a weapon. No one from either side was arrested. On their way out, a Broward County park ranger provided activists with a cooler of water bottles. Sunburned and sweaty, the activists guzzled it down.
"The synergy was just right,"