It's pretty common knowledge that the government, the police, the right wing, and whoever else often send spies, or infiltrators into protests to gather info, start fights, or generally just make us look bad. These two guys were part of a small group, the rest of whom I did not capture on film, but they were being colossal idiots... hitting the burning flag with poles, thereby causing burning flag-char to fly into the faces of all those nearby. Plus, there's something about chanting "No Peace" at an anti-war demonstration that's a little off. And getting into a fight with an metal rod at an anti-war demo is REALLY off.
So I don't mean to point fingers, these people could have just been well intended red necks looking for a good time. But they could also be people that we need to look out for. Assholes are assholes, whether or not they're working for the enemy.