Flamethrower used to torch Pan-African flag flying on pole in St. Pete
Image via AP.

Pan African flag burned
Security footage shows the event.

A person using a flamethrower set fire Saturday to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole outside the headquarters of the Uhuru Movement, a Black international socialist group based in St. Petersburg.

Security video released by the group shows the driver of a white Honda sedan pulling up outside the group’s headquarters, removing a flamethrower from the trunk and shooting a tower of fire at the flag flying about 30 feet above the ground. The group says the man stopped when a worker inside the building yelled at him. The video shows him putting the flamethrower back in the trunk and then driving away. A photo supplied by the group shows the flag with a large hole.

St. Petersburg police said they are investigating the fire and are working to identify a suspect.

The Uhuru Movement is part of the African People’s Socialist Party, which says it is “uniting African people as one people for liberation, social justice, self-reliance and economic development.”

Akile Akai, the group’s director of agitation and propaganda, said the attack is in the same vein as the May killing of 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. Police say the arrested suspect in the Buffalo massacre is a white nationalist.

Akai said such attacks are caused by the decline of a “social system and facade of normalcy based on oppression, colonialism and exploitation.”


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Just a comment

    July 3, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Everyone else’s flags except the red white and blues 😂

  • Richard Bruce

    July 3, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Probably a Uhuru member doing it to show how much they are oppressed.

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 3, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Another violent unemployable Trumpster looking to get a free meal in jail this holiday weekend.

  • Ruckweiler

    July 4, 2022 at 4:25 am

    I’m 70 and thought I’d seen just about everything but this guy calmly walks up to the flag, uses the flamethrower, and easy as you please walks back to his car and leaves. Don’t know why this was done but someone is not happy with this group, sure.

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