I posted earlier about people being arrested for reading the Constitution, I figured enough time should have passed that more details would have leaked out by now, but I can find little.
This was at a pro-war rally, and the first lady, some men and members of Code Pink were arrested. It does not seem the first lady was a member of Code Pink, hard to tell about the men. The forums seem full of people defending the cops actions since the video doesn’t show the start of the arrest and point out the cops don’t need, and shouldn’t tell third parties, such as the cameraman, why the people were being arrested. However, these people miss the point that the woman herself was yelling “why am I being arrested?” and when the camera man asks her again later, she still doesn’t know.
The biggest insult is the defenders of the cops say the people probably didn’t have permission to protest or speak. Which is the point you dumb fucks! The Constitutions says nothing about needing a permit to speak, it actually says the opposite. You are not supposed to need a permit to speak in this country, at least the Constitution says you do not need one, and requiring one violates the Constitution.
Just a reminder of the text of the First Amendment:
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 of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A law requiring a permit is an abridgment of the freedom of speech and the right of the people to peaceably assemble. A Fee Speech Zone goes even further in abridging our rights the Constitution is supposed to guarantee us.
They were not using a bullhorn, and if we are to believe the Code Pink lady (a dubious thing I know) they were not shouting, so the interruption to the pro-war rally was minimal. Also, why are pro-war people not arrested for interrupting anti-war demonstrations? If they are to be fair, then they have to start arresting those people as well.