Rioters try torching American flag on the street, but badass FedEx bro is having none of it

A FedEx employee is being called a hero for stopping protesters from burning an American flag at an Iowa mall.

A group of protesters set fire to an American flag in an Iowa City pedestrian mall, claiming they were protesting racism, sexism and the threat of fascism under President Trump.

That’s when Matt Uhrin, a uniformed FedEx worker, showed up with a fire extinguisher and put the fire out like a boss.

The protesters then surrounded, harassed and scuffled with Uhrin as he took away the singed American flag.

Two of the protesters, Paul Osgerby and Kellie Ebensberger, were arrested for violating a city ordinance prohibiting setting open fires without a permit. The arrests were not because they had burned a flag.

Ebensberger and Osgerby are due in court Feb. 23, where they face up to 30 days in jail or a $625 fine. The protesters said the American flag — a symbol of freedom around the world — is a symbol of injustice.

fedex worker Matt Uhrin stops flag burners
FedEx employee Matt Uhrin singlehandedly stopped protesters from burning an American flag.

“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” Osgerby told the Iowa City-Press Citizen. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th century.”

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Meanwhile, one onlooker called the flag-burning disrespectful to military veterans.

“Probably every one of them has a relative at one point or another that died for that [flag],” Bob Guyer said. “That’s not free speech. Too many people have died for it.”

Many on Twitter hailed Matt Uhrin as a hero, saying the American flag is more than “just a flag.”

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