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stormTroopers.jpgProtesters ringed off in “free speech zone” holding pens blocks from the event they are protesting sounds more like something that would happen in Moscow’s Red Square than in Boston’s Fleet Center. But when the Democratic convention hits Boston in the fall, protesters will “not be able to express their concerns with whatever will be happening, because no one will have access to delegates. No one will be heard,” Urszula Masny-Latos, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild’s Massachusetts chapter, told the Boston Globe.
Back in December 2003, an American Conservative Magazine article by James Bovard noted that when Bush travels around the US the secret service visits ahead of time and orders local police to set up “free speech zones” where people opposed to Bush policies (and sometimes sign-carrying supporters) are quarantined. These zones routinely succeed in keeping protesters out of presidential sight and outside the view of media covering the event.
“Is the administration seeking to stifle domestic criticism?,” the author asked. “Absolutely. Is it carrying out a war on dissent? Probably not