26 August 2004

A slap in the face of our constitutional rights

Protesters denied the right to protest in New York's Central Park, even despite a majority of New Yorkers in favor, although protesters shouldn't need a majority to exercise their right to free speech that is supposed to be guaranteed by the first amendment.
A new poll says 71 percent of the city's registered voters think protesters should be allowed to demonstrate in Central Park during the Republican National Convention, and 11 percent plan to go to a demonstration themselves.

And denying the right to protest because of potential damage to the grass? Yet, Paul Simon, Garth Brooks and Pope John Paul II were permitted to hold concerts and mass there. What a weak excuse for trampling all over the first amendment.