Protesting Coffee from Ethiopia the wrong way

12 08 2008

Here is a lot of tax dollars being spent to break up a protest that was staged illegally. It all could have been avoided if the perpetrator got a permit for a rally and organized it a little. Instead he went with a bullhorn and disrupted business and people for some kind of cause. He landed up in jail. And when he got out of jail he went back to the Starbucks down near the cube on Astor Place in NYC and he got arrested again.

Place of Assembly Permits in New York City

  • A special permit called a Place of Assembly permit (PA) is required for premises where 75 or more members of the public gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors, for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes, or to consume food or drink.

So in my humble opinion IMHO this is an Absurd NOT law. We can assemble and protest all we want as long as we organize it first. Disrupting businesses and people and traffic and making a hundred cops have to get involved is a bad way to get your message out.

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