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Old 05-26-2011, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by RichieLion View Post
You can protest all you want as long as you're on public property and behaving in a lawful manner. The pavilion area is private property and was leased for this event. This has to be respected for it's own value as well as for the security of the governor, which is paramount is situations like these.
The protesters were moved across the street, not to Siberia. If you've been to the square you know this is no big move.
One small clarification: there are situations in which public property can be off-limits for "protestors". The situation is limited public access.

An actual example: the city for which I work cordoned off 2 blocks of public streets and sidewalks to conduct a city-sponsored festival. A small but organized group showed up for the purpose of obtaining signatures on a petition for some sort of special interest they held.

Because we had designated the cordoned-off area to be a limited public access site for the purpose of the festival, and because the group's activities were not previously approved as an activity, we did not permit the group to conduct the petition drive within the festival area.

We did, however, inform them that they could assemble across the street from the festival, where they were welcome to go about their business, provided that they did not obstruct/impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

BTW: Ritchie, I am a fan of the quote you selected as your signature sign-off.
 
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