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 Florida.
Security video released by the group shows the driver of a white Honda sedan pulling up outside the group’s St Petersburg headquarters, removing a flamethrower from the trunk and shooting a tower of fire at the flag flying about 30ft (9 meters) above the ground.
The group said the man stopped when a worker inside the building yelled at him.
The video shows the man 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 were investigating the fire and working to identify a suspect.
The Uhuru Movement is part of the African People’s Socialist party, whose stated aim is “uniting African people as one people for liberation, social justice, self-reliance and economic development”.
The group’s director of agitation and propaganda, Akile Akai, said the attack was in the same vein as the May killing of 10 Black people at a Buffalo, 뉴욕, supermarket.
Police say the suspect arrested in the Buffalo massacre is a white nationalist.
Akai said a “social system and facade of normalcy based on oppression, colonialism and exploitation” cause such attacks.