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Originally posted by stevegmu
reply to post by Maxmars
Can you point to the section in the Patriot Act which has anything to do with protestors?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Disturbing the peace is a crime generally defined as the unsettling of proper order in a public space through one's actions. This can include creating loud noise by fighting or challenging to fight, disturbing others by loud and unreasonable noise (including loud music or dog barking), or using offensive words or insults likely to incite violence.
Protest expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations: sometimes in favor, though more often opposed. Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly and forcefully making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or may undertake direct action to attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves.
Originally posted by photobug
I've been watching some of the videos from Pittsburgh. The common element that the police use is "the chief of police has determined that this is an unlawful assembly". I have a few questions regarding this.....
1. since when is it the chief of polices job to determine what is an unlawful assembly?
[edit on 26-9-2009 by photobug]
Originally posted by 0neKnows
There are many ways... but protesting on the streets just has very little effect. All it does is piss people off, and cause controversy. It doesn't change laws, or minds, or intimidate anyone... All it does is show how many people are worried about a certain issue. That all can be done without getting in trouble by police.
It's great people feel the need to protest on the street, and they actually do it.... but if you really think about it, long and hard, there are other ways to accomplish the same goals, and street protesting is pointless compared to the other ways of protesting.