Saturday, August 16, 2014

Protest

In a free society, people have a right to assemble and to seek a redress of grievances.  The rights of one group, do not trump the rights of others in the society, however.  When people want to hold a rally, they need to account for traffic control.  If they want to march on the police station, or city hall, they don't have the right to interfere with government business, or with people being able to do their business.

Certainly, temporary disruptions to traffic or normal business are fine, if they are temporary, and if they are controlled.  It is in appropriate for protests to create extensive disruptions to normal operations of government or business or private persons.

Civil protests do not have the right to degenerate to rioting and to looting.  Protest must be non-violent.  Protest that becomes rioting and looting is no longer protest, it is lawlessness and should be treated as such; that's what the SGT Says.

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