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Student Tears (Down) Mexican Flag; Suspect Remains At Large
New Mexico Daily Lobo ^ | September 19, 2007 | Jeremy Hunt

Posted on 09/20/2007 8:15:13 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Student tears Mexican flag; suspect remains at large

9/19/07

by Jeremy Hunt

Daily Lobo

A student took down a Mexican flag from a flagpole outside Scholes Hall Monday, tore it and took it to the Air Force ROTC office, police said.

A summons was issued for Peter Lynch, 30, by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for criminal damage to property, said Lt. Pat Davis, spokesman for UNM Police.

Davis said Lynch is not a member of ROTC, and it is unclear why he took the flag to that office.

Lynch has not been charged because UNMPD cannot find him, Davis said.

UNMPD investigated the vandalism as a potential hate crime, but witnesses from the ROTC office told police it was not a racially motivated crime, Davis said.

"He was frustrated a foreign flag was flown without an American flag nearby," he said. "We're basically investigating it on witness statements."

The Mexican Student Association raised the flag outside Scholes Hall on Friday for Mexican Independence Day, said Cheo Torres, vice president for academic affairs.

Mabel Gonzales, president of the Mexican Student Association, declined to comment.

Torres and interim vice president for institutional diversity Rita Martinez-Purson issued an apology Tuesday from the University for the incident.

"This sort of incident hurts everyone," Torres said. "It's something that you don't expect to see at a place like the University of New Mexico where we celebrate diversity."

Martinez-Purson said the incident caught her off-guard, as well.

"I don't think anything really prepares you for this type of vindictive behavior," she said. "Obviously, we need to have strong dialog across campus about respect for other people and their cultures."

Whether the vandalism was racially motivated or not, it was offensive, especially to the Hispanic community, Martinez-Purson said.

"There's still an impact that has to be dealt with," she said. "He did insult them. His thoughtless behavior had consequences."

The University won't tolerate that kind of behavior, President David Schmidly said.

"It's inexcusable to desecrate a flag," he said. "I'm not going to be very pleasant to deal with on this issue."

What makes the situation worse is that it was a Mexican flag, Schmidly said.

"For God's sake, New Mexico was part of Mexico at one time," he said. "There's tremendous ties, and we have a large population of Hispanics that live in our state and many of them have relatives and connections to Mexico."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
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To: tioga

Agreed.


21 posted on 09/20/2007 8:28:43 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: 1rudeboy

Do you fly it above the American flag?


22 posted on 09/20/2007 8:28:50 AM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: wastedyears

Do you fly it above the American flag?

If the dollar continues to decline, we may have the mexican flag flying above the stars and stripes. they will own us.


23 posted on 09/20/2007 8:30:52 AM PDT by rineaux (the powers that be are laughing at us)
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To: 1rudeboy

-the vatican is not a “country”. Mexicans have invaded and are planting their flags and their anchor babies. Not quite the same thing at all.


24 posted on 09/20/2007 8:31:26 AM PDT by tioga
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To: DogByte6RER
"This sort of incident hurts everyone," Torres said. "It's something that you don't expect to see at a place like the University of New Mexico where we celebrate diversity."

No, flying the mexican flag is the sort of incident htat hurts everyone! I don't see how this (the tearing down of the mexican flag) hurt ANYONE and what does flying a mexican flag have to do with diversity? If there was an american flag flying with it- then maybe I see diversity. Otherwise, I see the flag of a foreign nation as though that foreign nation took over our country/that location.
25 posted on 09/20/2007 8:31:34 AM PDT by California74
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To: DogByte6RER

If you want to celebrate Mexico’s independence day. go to friggin’ Mexico!

I complained to a local Mexican restaurant about flying a Mexican flag and not a US and the reason why it was wrong, three days later it came down and was moved to the wall behind the cash register. That I can live with.


26 posted on 09/20/2007 8:31:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Blue Turtle

You go boy!!!


27 posted on 09/20/2007 8:31:37 AM PDT by no dems (In the General Election; we must not let America forget that Fidel Castro endorsed Clinton/Obama)
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To: Blue Turtle

A man remains with courage. God bless and protect him.


28 posted on 09/20/2007 8:31:43 AM PDT by Broker (Mabuhay!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Happy days are here again! My house is a safe haven for hunted victims of the illegals! :-D


29 posted on 09/20/2007 8:32:13 AM PDT by tailgunner (USMC Korea-Era)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

Amen to that.


30 posted on 09/20/2007 8:32:31 AM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the people.)
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To: Cicero
Burning or tearing American flag = constitutionally protected right.

Tearing Mexican flag = hate crime.

My guess is that if he had stolen an American Flag he would also be in trouble with the police. And if he had brought a Mexican Flag that he owned to the ROTC office that he would not be sought by the police.

Thus, the issue is not that the American Flag is not protected while the Mexican Flag is but instead an issue of him taking property that does not belong to him.

It is a simple issue of Property Rights which I hope every Freeper would recognize and support.

31 posted on 09/20/2007 8:33:18 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: 1rudeboy

Unless you fly an American flag above it, you may not like my answer.


32 posted on 09/20/2007 8:33:28 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: wastedyears

Of course not, and I am familiar with all the requirements of the U.S. Flag Code. I will also note that there is no Flag Code violation if I choose to fly the Vatican (or the Confederate Naval Jack) in the absence of the Stars & Stripes.


33 posted on 09/20/2007 8:33:28 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Resolute Conservative
Maybe, but your opinion won't offend me. I am of the opinion that, when I occasionally fly the Vatican flag, I am not declaring my front porch the sovereign territory of the Vatican.
34 posted on 09/20/2007 8:35:51 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: KarlInOhio

“Thus the offense taken by foreign nationals trumps the court given free speech “rights” to descecrate a flag.”

It is all part of the giving away of America. Do I hear a Congressman or Bush make any comment on this incident?


36 posted on 09/20/2007 8:36:32 AM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the people.)
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To: ▀udda▀udd
There is a Mexico flag flying at a home several houses away from me that has been disgusting me for a few months now. I wish there was something I could do .....

What I'd do is go over and start sticking the little American Flags in their yard --- and maybe find some potted plants and stick-em in there. That'd be a pretty harmless way to send a message. :) Luckily in my area, I haven't seen any mexican flags around. I see lots of American flags out, though!
37 posted on 09/20/2007 8:37:38 AM PDT by California74
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To: DogByte6RER

“Mexican” is not a race!

I guess France was just being racist when Germany invaded France?


38 posted on 09/20/2007 8:38:36 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: DogByte6RER

Just exercising his 1st Ammendment rights.


40 posted on 09/20/2007 8:39:14 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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