Showing Discontent Through A Nation's Flag

Posted by David D'Angelo | 7/11/2009 02:36:00 PM | | 0 comments »

The highest form of protest can be seen through the use of one's country flag and this is seen most recently in the United States. This happens when in mid-June, Congine, 46, began flying the flag of the United States upside down — an accepted way to signal distress — outside the restaurant he wants to open in Crivitz, a village of about 1,000 people some 65 miles north of Green Bay. He is apparently protesting for not allowing him to get a liquor license after allegedly spending more than $200,000.

But protests like this is not only happening in the United States. Even in other countries protests can be seen most of the time involving a nation's flag. What is the significance of such a protest anyway?

The flag is regarded as one of the most sacred and important representation of a country. That is why in common protests against the United States a burning of the American Flag is common because it is the greatest symbolism of disgust. A flag flown upside down is also a symbol of distress and of a fighting stand.

In the Philippines during time of protest it is seldom seen however, an inverted Philippine flag showing the red on top might not always signify war but also an upholding of the basic tenet of the country and a protest against the state and the government.

The significance of one's flag as a symbol of discontent is very relevant and is in fact part of the freedom of expression... at least it is within the Constitution of the United States.

Although, personally, I would not recommend using one's own flag to signify your protest to yur country unless it is so important and necessary.

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