Students Give Interview After Protest

May 2, 2024

On Tuesday, a dramatic series of events unfolded at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, drawing nationwide attention. The campus became a battleground of ideologies as a group of anti-Israel protesters replaced the American flag on the university’s quad with a Palestinian flag. This act came just a day after the flag had been lowered to half-mast in honor of four Charlotte officers killed in the line of duty.

UNC Chancellor Lee Roberts quickly intervened, dispatching law enforcement to restore the American flag to its rightful position. However, the activists, including some not affiliated with the university, attempted to remove the flag a second time but were confronted by a group of students determined to keep it in place.

Student Guillermo Estrada described the day’s events on social media, detailing his initial shock upon seeing the Palestinian flag raised in place of the American flag. He expressed his dismay at the disrespect shown towards the national flag, a sentiment that resonated with many on campus. Estrada’s post, which went viral, recounted how he and others faced hostility from protesters as they defended the flag.

The confrontation escalated as members of the Greek community sang the National Anthem, and further attempts by protesters to remove the flag were met with strong resistance. Estrada highlighted the personal significance of the flag, citing his family’s immigrant background and connections to the military community.

“I was like, ‘I’d die for this flag.’ And everybody was like, ‘Yeah.’ If they got any closer that we’re going to start throwing hands.” “We’re not going anywhere, I don’t care. They’re going to have to tear me off this flag over my dead body,” student Dan Stompel said. “Don’t bend the knee to these people. They want to take over. They want to just destroy what this country stands for. So take a stand. Be a man. Take a stand.”

Chancellor Roberts, in a statement to the media, affirmed his commitment to keeping the American flag flying on campus as long as he remains in office. He emphasized the university’s dedication to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all students, despite the actions of a disruptive minority.

The university reported that around 30 protesters were detained after refusing to vacate an encampment on the quad, despite prior warnings from university administrators. The protesters’ resistance continued as they attempted to block police vehicles and later tried to force their way into a university building.

However, a new video of this incident has been found, and it’s intense but also funny.

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