Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announcing the clearing of Zuccoti Park in lower Manhattan today by the NYPD at the behest of its owners. Apparently the Mayor doesn’t understand much about rights, but then being rich means he can makes his rights as he chooses. (via nefariousnewt)
The right to peaceably assemble… when it’s convenient to the city.
You know what’s really ironic about all of this? Those “evil” Middle Eastern regimes like the one in Iran, conducted surprise attacks on protesters and completely barred the press. I thought they were the “evil-doers” though and we were the beacons of democratic hope? In the United States the press has been cited by the Supreme Court time and time again as the “watchdog” and the very quintessential entity that allows the people to act as a check on the government. Without a completely free press, argued Justice Douglass, it is impossible for a country to say it is democratic at all.
I guess we know what New York thinks of democracy now.