August 19th, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – A coalition of protesters laid out their plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention. They have demands, and they’re hoping the world will listen.
The Coalition to March on the RNC says their message is simple. “We’re here to demand good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace,” said Jared Hamil, a spokesman for the Coalition to March on the RNC.
They held a press conference Wednesday morning at Perry Harvey Sr. Park in downtown Tampa. It will be the site of one of the largest rallys planned for the RNC.
“You’ll see a long line of 5,000 protestors, something Tampa I don’t think has ever seen before,” Hamil said.
The group will meet in the park on Monday, August 27th. They plan to hear from 30 speakers and then by noon, hit the streets.
These protestors are likely to be joined by thousands of Ron Paul supporters who are outraged that GOP leaders have decided to set a dangerous new precedent of ignoring the age-0ld idea American fundamental ideal of democracy and instead chose to nominate Mitt Romney while outright ignoring the popular vote.
Not that the GOP leaders care, or any other leaders in America for that matter, because they know they have their mercenaries and police state enforcers.
In fact the Tampa Police have already decided to flex their muscle and give the public a little sneak preview of what they have in store for rioters.
Tampa Police Department Flexes Its Muscles
The Tampa Police Department demonstrated the equipment and tactics they will use during the Republican National Convention during a simulated protest turned riot for Tampa business leaders and press at the Tampa Police Academy on August 16, 2012.
Source: Daily Paul
We can not also forget that for the first time ever it is an felony crime to protest at certain places (where people under protection of the secret services – such as the President as well as Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates – are attending) or events of national significance ( such as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions)
New “trespass bill” makes it a federal offense to protest government business or functions, or against people or places under Secret Service protection.
The U.S. congress is pushing a bill into law under the innocent pretense of making protests at the White House illegal.
The new legislation just passed by the house H.R. 347, informally known as the “Trespass Bill”, goes far beyond the White House and will outlaw peaceful protests in an almost endless possible combinations of situations.
The bill begins by making it illegal to enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds, which are defined as any location where the Secret Service or any person under protection of the secret service is located or at any place designated as a special event of national significance.
Hence, the it will be illegal to protest at not only the White House but at any location where the The President, Former President’s, their families, Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, Foreign Heads of States, U.S. Officials performing certain tasks, or any one else under protection of the secret service is located.
That would means it would be illegal for protestors to hold a rally outside an Obama speech or even at an event hosted by Rick Sanatorium or Mitt Romney. It doesn’t stop there either.
The bill goes on to make it a federal offense “to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions”
Then to make the bill all inconclusive it is also a crime when anyone “obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds”
Here’s an article detailing just how far this bill goes into killing the First Amendment Free Speech and Assembly rights, followed by the full text of the bill.
We’ll see if anyone gets charged with a felony under the new law in Tampa.
Source: Higgins Blog