Protesters to protest lack of permits

Sounds like a line from the Onion, but it’s true: The Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War (no catchy acronym to be found there) is organizing a rally on the steps of the Capitol for 11 a.m. Thursday. The issue is the lack of permits issued to various anti-war and other activist groups by the city of St. Paul for Sept. 1, when all those elephants come to Xcel Energy Center.

“Organizers feel that city officials have been dragging their feet on granting permits for the coalition’s major anti-war march … set to coincide with the Republican National Convention (RNC) being held in St. Paul at that time,” reads a press release trumpeting the rally.

Also, according to the missive, the groups will rally at the Capitol on the first of each month until permits are issued, and the coalition’s case in what has become a protracted battle will be heard May 16 in federal court.

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 04/29/2008 - 05:23 pm.

    In 2004 (I believe), the Bush administration expanded the power of the Secret Service and perhaps other agencies to make sure he was “protected” from visible dissent. Hence, the Free Speech areas and the hauling away of people who wore anti-Bush t-shirts or had the wrong bumper stickers on their cars.

    I know that Mayor Coleman’s intention is for complete freedom of speech and full visibility for those who dissent from the right-wing agenda and those who are trying to implement it. Could he and the St Paul Police be fighting restrictions the uber-Service wants to place on demonstrators?

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