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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Governor Convention protesters to be limited to a ‘designated area’ say police”

  1. Deforest

    Protesters are good. Quintessentially American. But better still, along with the protesters I hope there will be lots of video cameras, lots of journalists and at least a good handful of 1st Amendment lawyers on site.

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  2. salgal

    This “kettling” tactic is quite worrisome. It raises the question of how the protection of free speech and assembly was envisioned. I doubt if metal barricades that constrain and restrain protestors depriving them of the visual and audio means to protest would have been a tolerated point of discussion. A fine line here. I do hope there will be legal observers present.

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  3. Greg Gerritt

    Free speech zones such as offered are clear demonstrations of the criminality of the oligarchy that pretends that this is still a democracy.

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