Flag desecration

  • german flag being burned in a protest.
    uk flag being torn in a protest

    flag desecration is the desecration of a flag, violation of flag protocol, or a various set of acts that intentionally destroy, damage, or mutilate a flag in public. in the case of a national flag, such action is often intended to make a political point against a country or its policies. some countries have laws forbidding methods of destruction (such as burning in public) or forbidding particular uses (such as for commercial purposes); such laws may distinguish between desecration of the country's own national flag and flags of other countries.

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German flag being burned in a protest.
UK flag being torn in a protest

Flag desecration is the desecration of a flag, violation of flag protocol, or a various set of acts that intentionally destroy, damage, or mutilate a flag in public. In the case of a national flag, such action is often intended to make a political point against a country or its policies. Some countries have laws forbidding methods of destruction (such as burning in public) or forbidding particular uses (such as for commercial purposes); such laws may distinguish between desecration of the country's own national flag and flags of other countries.