View Poll Results: What things should protesters be removed or arrested for?

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  • Shouting down speakers so that no one can hear the person speaking.

    12 37.50%
  • Intimidation(Verbal threats,pointing weapons or projectiles at someone)

    30 93.75%
  • Blocking entrances to buildings and events.

    25 78.13%
  • Rioting.

    31 96.88%
  • Throwing things at the opposition or anyone else.

    31 96.88%
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    What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    What things should protesters be removed or arrested for?
    When I say arrested I mean charged with a criminal act and punished accordingly.When I say removed I mean security or police or someone else removing the individuals from the premises.





    Shouting down speakers so that no one can hear the person speaking.

    Intimidation(Verbal threats,pointing weapons or projectiles at someone)

    Blocking entrances to buildings and events.

    Rioting.

    Throwing things at the opposition or anyone else.




    The first one I am having mixed feelings about. I think your right to free speech is not is a right to try to prevent someone elses speech from being heard. However at the same time I am sure many of us like it when the patriot guard revs their engines up so that Phelps(the guy that protest at funerals with God hates fags signs) does not get his message heard. I also think this is one of those things that sounds like a good idea at first but it could easily be used to prevent or silence opposition protest. The rest of the things,not only should the be removed but they should be arrested as well.In my opinions protesters stop being protesters the second they start rioting,protesting does not give you a right to intimidate people,block entrances or throw things at someone.
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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    Verbal threats, maybe not so much. But pointing a gun and threatening people with that or other projectiles is right out. Rioting, probably can't be doing that either. I would say, depends on what's being thrown since some could count as weapons/projectiles. But it it's like paper or whatever, then I'd take it on the individual basis. Blocking entrances and such I'm not so sure about. Definitely can be moved if it's private property.

    There are things that you have to be careful about, because this could go both ways, right? If it's an automatic sort of thing, then people could claim a protest group is "blocking an entrance" or whatever and get some folk arrested. So mostly, it's always best to not put in automatic punishments and such and to keep things on an individual basis. Everyone has the right to free speech, a rally can and often does draw a counter-protest and those people need to be able to speak as well. But they can't use force to suppress the exercise of someone else's rights.
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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    Being bitches.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    I think the last four should be all unquestionably removed.

    I think 2, 4, and 5 should have charges looked into.

    I think 1 is questionable in regards to removing them. I think those running something that has people doing this should attempt to peacefully ask them to respect those in the crowd and let people speak and if they continue doing such actions they should be removed by those RUNNING the matter not individuals at the event.

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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    You forgot failure to bathe. If someone's in a public meeting, hygiene should be mandatory.

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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    It depends to a certain extent. If the meeting that the protester is protesting at is private property, the owner should be allowed to ask any one to leave. On public property, I think for anything but the first one. I think that all the rest are actually illegal in some form, and protest is not a license to break the law.

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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    General existence.

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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    A government should make sure arresting and removing protesters is the absolute last resort. I think in many cases that blocking buildings and events is a major part of a protest, to bring the voice and the whole points across. Unless its causing harm to a certain people, or placing the country under a national security risk, i do not believe they should be removed from the premises. If they are being threatening (and therefore inciting violence), rioting or throwing objects with the intention to harm, then action should be taken, but anti-riot police should take precaution and exercise tolerance.
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    Re: What should protesters be removed or arrested for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whip Comes Down View Post
    As opposed to town halls before this, which were always populated by the best and brightest and were paragons of civility.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XWijwmvGU4"]YouTube - University of Florida Taser Incident (taser portion)[/ame]
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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