Person with flamethrower sets fire to Pan-African flag at activist headquarters

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.

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