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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:59 PM
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Don't fence us in: Activists shun `protest pen'
http://news.bostonherald.com/dncConvention/view.bg?arti...

Don't fence us in: Activists shun `protest pen'
By Dave Wedge

Sunday, July 25, 2004

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The fenced-in area, which is adjacent to the FleetCenter and shrouded in netting and barbed wire, initially was built to hold 4,000 people, but the judge reduced the capacity to 1,000. Protesters have vowed not to use it and are posting messages online to stay out of the ``protest pens''

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Activists have posted a scathing report by a Gloucester security expert who claims the protest pen is a deathtrap - and security overall at the DNC is ``absolutely appalling'' in its weaknesses.

Security consultant Jim Atkinson says he's documented lapses ranging from unlocked gates around the FleetCenter to unprotected ventilation systems in the media pavilion.

Perhaps most troubling is his claim that more than 400 manhole covers in the area are unsecured and appear not to have been swept for explosives.

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http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/25/dems.main /


Convention protesters demand more visible space
Boston plans more officers, cameras, closures next week

Sunday, July 25, 2004 Posted: 1:33 PM EDT (1733 GMT)


BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Protesters at the Democratic National Convention say their designated area outside the FleetCenter infringes on their safety and free speech rights.

At a news conference Saturday, protesters also complained that the fenced-in area is out of sight to most delegates and passers-by en route to the arena. The convention begins Monday. (Special Report: America Votes 2004, the Democratic convention)

"We are very alarmed that our First Amendment rights have been undermined to the degree that the city of Boston now thinks the rights of free expression, the right to rally and protest means you get out into an area like this," said Leslie Cagan, co-founder of United for Peace and Justice, who likened the protest area to an internment camp.

The area, with a small stage, is surrounded on three sides by a wire fence with razor wire on top. A dozen U.S. Army troops joined Boston police inspecting the space Saturday.

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maggrwaggr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:07 PM
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1. This doesn't make it to mainstream news until GOPers want to protest
What a coincidence.

Finally they're experiencing what we've been experiencing now for four fucking years.

Welcome to Bush's America, GOP
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Columbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:14 PM
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4. Well, we've had Free Speech Zones even before Bush
They're just a bit more noticeable now since there are more protestors to fence in now.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:10 PM
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2. what is it that these creeps say when
the left protests about the stolen election and "1st Amendment Zones"?

Oh, yeah - Get over it!

"We are very alarmed that our First Amendment rights have been undermined to the degree that the city of Boston now thinks the rights of free expression, the right to rally and protest means you get out into an area like this," said Leslie Cagan, co-founder of United for Peace and Justice, who likened the protest area to an internment camp.

Well, f***wads, what do you think and how does it feel?
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Tosca Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:11 PM
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3. Hmm,

Mebbe they could throw a tea party instead.
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King of New Orleans Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:18 PM
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5. I'm tired of progressives and liberals citing stories
from notorious right wing rags like the Boston Herald and NY Post.

FWIW--I would stay out of the "protester pen" too, If I were a protestor, I'd stay out in the big empty lot adjacent to the "pen" that is part of the protest area too.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:48 PM
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6. duplicate
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 02:49 PM by Crisco
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GHOSTDANCER Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:57 PM
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7. 1000 People???? LOL LMAO LOL
The GOP better set aside space for Hundreds of Thousands come New York. 1000 lol(They probably won't even fill that)
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GHOSTDANCER Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:00 PM
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8. oops
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 03:01 PM by GHOSTDANCER
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Wolftone378 Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:39 PM
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9. What the hell is
a "free speech zone"? Thought we all had that! That damn civics class - wrong again. They are going to need more that fences, razor wire and netting to pen us up in August. :kick:
Linda
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:05 PM
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10. maybe they should talk to bush about his fight against freedom
and talk to unilever about rehiring whoopi (if she accepts)
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nodehopper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:13 PM
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11. yeah, I saw this pen. Like a greenhouse. Perfect for cops macing
the protesters
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