Gerry Canavan

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You Got Your Right to Free Speech in My Right to Be Silent

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Constitution is truly a fascinating document.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, speaking Monday as Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the passage of a month encamped in Zuccotti Park, said he was trying to strike a balance between protecting protesters’ right to free speech and the needs of Lower Manhattan residents.

“The Constitution doesn’t protect tents,” he said at a news conference in Queens. “It protects speech and assembly.”

The mayor expressed concern that those exercising a “right to be silent” might be getting drowned out amid the din of the protests.

“We can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” he said. “There are places where I think it’s appropriate to express yourself, and there are other places that are appropriate to set up Tent City. They don’t necessarily have to be one and the same.”

Written by gerrycanavan

October 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

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  1. Bloomberg’s predecessor didn’t go to all the trouble of radicalizing vagrancy laws for nothing.


    October 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

  2. “There are places where I think it’s appropriate to express yourself” Yeah, those places are called The United States of America. I’m pretty sure NYC in its entirety qualifies,. Bloomberg is the enemy of our Constitution.


    October 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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