Donald Trump suggests jail time for those who burn the American flag

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Washington, Nov 29: US President elect Donald Trump has indicated that those burning the American flag can face strict punishment including jail time.

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" Trump tweeted.

Trump talks on US flag burning

However, the US Supreme Court said that burning the flag was a form of free speech. It not clear though what prompted Trump to tweet the statement.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning is "expressive conduct" protected by the First Amendment.

Local media reports point to the possibility that he could be referring to the recent burning of a flag at Amherst University in Massachusetts on November 10 as part of a student protest after his election victory two days before.

(with agency inputs)

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