Posted on June 16, 2016

The Trump Show Hits Dallas, Protest Organizers Ban Mexican Flags

Stephen Young, Dallas Observer, June 16, 2016


Organizers are asking that demonstrators wear white shirts “to promote peace” and carry American flags rather than the Mexican flags that have been popular at other Trump protests in Texas and around the country.

“This is about America and what the Statue of Liberty stands for and American values,” Garcia said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. “Don’t bring flags from any other countries. If you do, we will ask you to leave our demonstration.”

“We will be giving Donald Trump a warm, hot Texas welcome,” Garcia said. “We are expecting to send a message to Donald Trump that his campaign of hatred, bigotry and division is not welcome in the United States or North Texas.”

Not so coincidentally, Dallas Police officers on Wednesday morning underwent training at Fair Park for dealing with demonstrators or potential rioters. Deputy Chief Jeff Cotner said that DPD was preparing for election season, but didn’t mention Trump by name.

“In our country everyone has the privilege to assemble and to give voice, and the Dallas Police Department’s role in that is to protect everyone in that process,” Cotner told reporters after the training.