May 16, 2008

Protest Parade Route In St. Paul To Be Contested, Denver's Route Still Unclear

It appears that even a specified protest parade route isn't enough for the moonbats protesting the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September:
Denver officials have not yet rolled out the parade route that protesters will be able to take during the Democratic National Convention in August.

But they might find a harbinger of how contentious that bit of geography will be based on the experience of their counterparts in St. Paul, Minn.

St. Paul police have mapped out the long-awaited route that war protesters will be expected to use to march on the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1 - a 2-mile trek the city contends strikes the "difficult balance" between security and free speech rights.

While the route would enable marchers to pass within 300 feet of the convention site at the Xcel Energy Center, a dispute over it appears to be headed to court.

Attorneys and others representing a coalition of protesters argued that the route poses logistical challenges, and that the time frame set by police for the march ensures that the Republican Party has the entire evening's spotlight to itself.

U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen in Minnesota has scheduled a hearing today on a lawsuit filed by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and National Lawyers Guild on behalf of protesters.
The protest groups in Denver have already filed their lawsuit with the help of the ACLU, and are still awaiting the sure-to-displease plans for a protest parade route in the Mile High City:
A similar court battle already is under way in Denver. The ACLU of Colorado sued Denver and the U.S. Secret Service two weeks ago to ensure that protesters will come within view and earshot of the Pepsi Center, site of the Democratic National Convention.

City officials have said they are waiting on the Secret Service to disclose security boundaries around the Pepsi Center before they can map the route.

"We're working hard on finalizing our parade route, but are not yet ready to release any details," said Denver spokeswoman Sue Cobb. "It's a complicated process."
The complications no doubt exacerbated not only by the protestors' many implicit threats to disrupt the convention, but also the Pepsi Center and Civic Center's proximity to main thoroughfares (Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue), not to mention the multiple Secret Service stipulations, as well as any other threats, specific or otherwise that will play a role not only in the eventual route's selection but in the timeline for that plan's release to the public, including Denver's many Downtown residents and businesses.

Regardless of the eventual arrangement, the inevitable clown assemblage of Recreate '68 and their allies (on speaking terms or not) will create quite a spectacle.

And we'll bring it to you, in all of its radical, moonbat, unhygienic, colorful glory.

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