The never ending Occupy demonstrations

Posted on: November 22, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing and seeing the news about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. But when I saw this article on Hot Air, I thought one more issue to report and then I’m done with these people.

Now the ACLU in Minnesota is suing the Hennepin County (Minneapolis) for enforcing rules and laws on the use of public property where the Occupiers have camped. Specifically, the ACLU wants Hennepin County to grant unrestricted use indefinitely to the Occupiers on the basis of free speech … which apparently includes free electricity, too.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued Hennepin County on Monday on behalf of OccupyMPLS, the protest group camping out on the Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in defiance of county rules. The ACLU suit contends that those rules, which forbid tents and electricity, and “certain unwritten procedures enforced by the county”, violate the demonstrators’ free speech rights. The suit asks that new rules restricting the use of chalk, electricity and tents be declared unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction against the rules, and they want the county to provide electricity for the protesters. It also asks that officials stop giving trespass notices to protesters who build temporary shelters or use chalk to express their views.

The county has said the plaza is not designed for long-term occupation and that the restrictions adopted earlier this month are needed because of health and safety concerns and increased security costs. Who would have thought that these Occupiers have the right to squat indefinitely anywhere they want to – especially on public land. The fact that these people hold up signs and chant rhyming slogans should not give them any special grant to use public property that creates a semi-permanent obstruction for everyone else who may want to use the public land. What gives them special rights? What about the taxpayers who pay for the public land? Don’t they have a say in it too?

But once again this is the ACLU and I’m sure there is big money behind this suit – i.e. maybe unions? Hopefully, the court will throw this suit out and the people in Minneapolis can get their public land back to be enjoyed by all.


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