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July 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics

DNC protests to be held back by fences:

The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.

That may allow protestors to be seen and heard by delegates going in and out of the Pepsi Center during the convention.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and several advocacy groups have filed an amended complaint to their lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service and the city and county of Denver that says protestors and demonstrators may have their First Amendment rights violated by security restrictions.

With this election looking so much like ‘68 already, I can’t say this is a HUGE surprise.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ralf // Jul 2, 2008 at 7:03 am

    They had those ‘public demonstration zones’ at the GOP convention in New York in 2004. I was not amused then, I was not amused now. Because (like the ACLU, apparently) I think ‘designated protest zones’ are an illegitimate abridgement of the rights to free speech and assembly. No matter which party is doing it.

    Although why this is ‘breaking news’, I’m not sure.

  • 2 funtax // Jul 2, 2008 at 9:27 am

    It’s (potentially) news for a few reasons:

    1) These are the Democrats we’re talking about. The touchy, feely, “good guys!” They should know better, right?

    2) These are the Democrats we’re talking about. The ones who’ve - on occasion - had mafia thugs and dirty cops roll in to beat protesters to death. They should know we’d notice and thus they should know better, right?

    3) It’s actually a step up from 2004, where DNC protesters were stuck inside a cage, instead of just being behind a fence.

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