Man attacks national flag with a knife

Kimoke Leota inside the police station in Apia after allegedly cutting up the national flag.

Kimoke Leota inside the police station in Apia after allegedly cutting up the national flag.
Photo by Savali

by Lagi Keresoma

APIA: FRIDAY 31 MAY 2013: A bald headed man pulled down the national flag in front of Government Building and destroyed it with a knife.

It was the evening of the country’s celebration of 51 years as an independent nation.

Witnesses to the Monday mid-morning attack wrestled him to the ground.

They held him until Police officers arrived.

Police officers raise the flag at Government Building in a brief ceremony week days.

Just hours before the attack the flag raising ceremony was performed by armed officers picked as the guard of honour for the Independence parade as part of practice for the event.

Later that morning Cabinet ministers gathered in front of Government Building for the launch held there of the Cancer Society USO Bikers campaign against cancer.

Reliable sources identified the man who allegedly attacked the flag as a Kimoke Leota.

Witnesses said he cut it to pieces with a pocket knife.

As he did so he screamed, “the court is over, the court is over.”

Official Police confirmation of the incident could not be obtained.

Last year a young man also took down the national flag at Government Building and torched it after he was refused an audience with the Prime Minister. He has yet to go to trial.

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