Recreate '68 To Create "Free City" At DNC, Illegally Occupying Civic Center Park; Update--"Nude-In," "Free Love" To Be Featured
"We will be putting up a tent city here that's going to include space for homeless people, too . . . there will be a "nude-in," in which demonstrators will spell out the word "PEACE," using naked bodies . . . Free City is also free of borders . . . Free City is also going to free for political thought, free of commercialism, free of cages and prisons for political prisoners . . . And yes, one of the most fun ones, there will be free love - as long as it's consensual"--Recreate '68 and allies on "Free City"
Recreate '68 spokesflunky and shameless self-promoter, Glenn Spagnuolo
Spagnuolo and other activists have made numerous comments indicating they will not be placing great significance on who holds permits for which park the week of the convention - including Civic Center Park.Or logic/reason. And I didn't know they could count that high . . .
"Regardless of the city's claims, we're going to be having free housing here in the park," said Spagnuolo. "We are going to be having free housing here in the park. We will stay past the curfew, we will enjoy each other's company."
He also said, "We will be putting up a tent city here that's going to include space for homeless people, too."
Spagnuolo also claimed that at some point there will be a "nude-in," in which demonstrators will spell out the word "PEACE," using naked bodies.
The activists said "Free City" will operate based on a 10-point program that supports a life without authority.
Other issues to be addressed/promoted/strangled in
"Free City is also free of borders," said Zoe Williams, a member of a group called Colorado Street Medics. "We welcome all people as immigrants, largely, to this country to be a part of Free City."Getting anywhere near Recreate '68 and "Free City" will, however, cost you your sanity.
Adam Jung, representing the group Tent State, added, "Free City is also going to free for political thought, free of commercialism, free of cages and prisons for political prisoners.
"And yes, one of the most fun ones, there will be free love - as long as it's consensual."
The group said their week at Civic Center Park - or, "Free City" - will feature a free university, 5,000 free meals twice a day for whomever wants them, a free concert, free medical care, and other innovations that won't cost a cent.
Though the police and Mayor John Hickenlooper were silent, his office did release a statement and Councilman Charlie Brown took the opportunity to razz the protestors:
Police referred inquiries to Mayor John Hickenlooper's office.More like spoiled brats, but it is good to see a Denver elected official point out the sheer nonsense spouted by these moonbats.
Katherine Archuleta, a senior adviser to the mayor, issued a statement about the protesters' "intention to ignore the city of Denver's longstanding prohibition against overnight camping" in urban parks.
"We support and encourage people to express their views safely and in a manner that respects the rights of others along with the laws and ordinances of our city," Archuleta said in the statement.
Councilman Charlie Brown laughed when he heard that Civic Center had been christened with a new name, but then said Denver was going to have to be "firm and strong" with protesters.
"As far as I'm concerned, we're not going to back down," he said.
Brown said he was confident that police, the Secret Service and FBI would be ready to handle "what could be a very serious situation."
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Brown said the Re-create 68 protesters need to grow up.
"They acted like children when they lost the lottery," he said. "We need to let some cooler heads prevail here and perhaps get some adults in on this conversation."
The illegal occupation of Civic Center park will be called "Free City" (via Drunkablog):
A new city is coming to Denver, representatives for Re-create 68 and other anti-war activists announced this afternoon at Civic Center park.No, of course not. But that's what all that extra equipment and law enforcement personnel is for, right?
“Free City” as the four activists renamed the park, will attempt to open the Sunday before the 2008 Democratic National Convention gets underway, set up tents and exist all the way through convention week, Aug. 25-28.
The activists briefly set up a sky-blue sign with the words FREE CITY in white. Yellow tulip-like flowers that bloomed in the shape of fists brightened the borders. Within seconds of the four’s attempt to hammer the sign into the ground, wind blew it over.
The residents of “Free City” will attempt to occupy the park beyond the legal rights R-68 affiliates have to the park, Spagnuolo said. Last month, in a blind lottery, R-68 and its affiliates won permits to use the park on Aug. 25 and 27, a Monday and Wednesday. By allowing camping in the park after curfew, Free City will also be in violation of city rules that forbid overnight stays.
R-68’s Glenn Spagnuolo last month angrily charged that Denver had “created a very dangerous situation” when it award a permit for the park – as part of the same blind lottery that gave R-68 its permits – for the Sunday to a party planner for the city’s convention host committee. Today he said Free City would be free of violence.
Ask what Free City would do if police tried to enforce the rules and tried to remove the occupants, Spagnuolo would only say that Free City’s occupants wouldn’t leave.
Plans, however, always change, and Spagnuolo and Recreate '68 are hedging their bets:
Spagnuolo has said many times in the past that the largest march of the protesters would be an anti-war march that started Sunday morning at Civic Center and made way for the Pepsi Center, site of the convention hall.Except Spagnuolo, the symbolic martyr, who is merely a spokesflunky for the group. Drunkablog correctly notes that this is merely an attempt by Spagnuolo to preemptively exculpate himself should things, you know, get out of hand.
Today he said whatever happened Sunday would be organic and without leaders.
More from said spokesflunky (also via Drunkablog):
Glenn Spagnuolo says he and his associates have renamed the park "Free City" and plan to establish a tent city in the park to house demonstrators. He says he and his volunteers will provide free food, free love, free medical care and free housing for anyone who wants it. He also says his group will ignore the city's curfew.And in case you were wondering, a political science professor helps distinguish between peaceable and non-peaceable assemblies:
Spagnuolo's group attempted to obtain permits for protest gatherings during the convention. The city set up a lottery process to handle all the groups applying for permission to stage demonstrations. Although Spagnuolo's group received two permits, they were not on consecutive days.
At a news conference in the park Wednesday, Spagnuolo outlined his political views.
"We're here today to formally reject societies and governments that celebrate greed and consumption. We reject a society that oppresses its own members and others and destroys its environment for profit. We reject a government that was built upon and commits genocide," he said.
Professor Norman Provizer, of the Metro State Political Science Department, says the Recreate '68 group's message may be a little vague. He looked over their Web site, which urges protestors to gather in Denver for the August convention.Illegally occupying Civic Center Park may force the protestors into the non-peaceable category, as they have no plans on complying with police orders.
"I think there's a recognition that the right to protest is extremely important. But that comes with limits," Provizer said.
Provizer says the government has a strong interest in making sure protestors do not incite violence or illegal behavior.
"That's why there's a right to peaceably assemble. There's a set of limits placed on that right by the Supreme Court referring to time, place and manner. There is no right to assemble in a non-peaceable manner," he said.