Boston: Good Protest/Bad Protest

In the ongoing saga that is the “Free Speech Zone” a judge has decided to allow protestors to march past/outside of it. But not before Sunday, when the convention will most certainly be completed and all delegates gone. Adding injury to insult, authorities have reduced the max number of protestors from 4,000 to 1,000:

U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock this past week called the conditions “an affront to free expression” and a “festering boil.” He refused to order changes, but is letting protesters march past the site Sunday. A coalition of protesters appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Authorities said they were lowering the maximum number of protesters to 1,000, from a previous 4,000, because of concerns of overcrowding.

Bob Harris of This Modern World puts it best: “Where in the Constitution does it say anything about a maximum number of protesters?”

On another tangent, it appears that all the protestors have completely given up the notion of protesting inside a cage, and the most colorful are taking place outside of the restricted “soft zone” surrounding the Fleet Center. In one demostration, an effigy with a face consisting of George W. Bush on one side and John Kerry and the other was set ablaze. However, just as we were set to applause their ability to realize that Bush and Kerry are worthy of denouncement in the same breath, an American flag was also thrown on the fire.

Protest effigy burningProtest flag burning

While we think flag burning is protected speech, we must say: fuck them.

Convention Protesters Upset With Site [AP/Yahoo!]
The more things change… [This Modern World]

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