Protesters take down US flag and replace it with a Mexican flag at ICE detention center

Business Insider | 7/13/2019 | David Choi
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Protesters gathered outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Aurora, Colorado, and hoisted a Mexican flag on Friday afternoon.

An upside down Blue Lives Matter flag spray painted with "Abolish ICE" was also raised.

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Around 2,000 protesters gathered at the Aurora ICE processing center, roughly 13 miles from Denver, to protest ICE raids and what they allege to be inhumane conditions for detainees.

The Aurora center is privately run and is supposed to house 150 detainees.

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The center declined to comment in a phone call and immediately hung up on INSIDER.

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Protesters gathered outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Aurora, Colorado, and hoisted a Mexican flag on Friday afternoon, two days before the agency is set to conduct a nationwide operation to round up around 2,000 immigrants for deportation.

Video footage showed a Mexican flag being raised on a flagpole directly in front of the facility. The US flag was taken down prior to the Mexican flag being raised; a spray painted upside down Blue Lives Matter flag was also raised.

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Protesters spray painted the upside down flag with "Abolish ICE," CBS Denver reported.

Armed guards outside the center were posted and took down the Mexican and Blue Lives Matter flags, according to Mauro. The US and Colorado flag were reportedly re-hoisted.

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Around 2,000 protesters gathered at the Aurora ICE...
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