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Praetorianus April 11th, 2016 2:25am

Should both a demonstration and a counter demonstration on a sensitive topic be allowed on the same day in the same place when it's extremely likely that violent clashes will occur?

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Torfin Never Behind
04/17/16 2:04 am

That is why there is s permitting process very often

RoDe Latinus wordsus
04/12/16 4:40 pm

I don't think we should have the presumption of violence. If there is violence, charge the offenders, and fewer folks will offend next time. I'm just not comfortable with restricting someone's 1st amendment right because the authorities presume violence will occur. I not only disagree with it in principle, but see it as being ripe for abuse. Suddenly a politician's supporters want to rally somewhere, and the politician can silence any opposition rallies by claiming threats of violence.

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evoecon nearest binary system
04/11/16 6:11 pm

People need to grow up. Allow people to have their own opinions without hating or hitting.

Wackacrat Harford County
04/11/16 5:07 pm

People have a right to peaceful protest. Protests are peaceful until they're not.

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TheSocialist INTJ
04/11/16 11:49 am

Then we can frame both as anarchists.

WorstGooEver Nuke the Hurricanes
04/11/16 10:23 am

Can't do anything until a law has been broken.

Highlander1 Iowa
04/11/16 6:59 am

Keep the groups separated and if any violence occurs between the two immediately break it up.

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liam2013 iowa
04/11/16 5:55 am

I would have both groups assemble a safe distance from each other and have the necessary police presence.

TierasPet
04/11/16 4:41 am

I think that's asking for trouble. People are right, violence can happen anyway but discouraging it where possible is a better approach in my opinion.

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Liberty 4,032,064
04/11/16 3:34 am

If it's public property like a park or courthouse, then yes as no one has the right to prohibit it.
If it's private property, then it's at the sole discretion of the owner.

nekmor Round Rock TX
04/10/16 7:59 pm

We have the right to peaceably assemble and that Wright can only be restricted by the government under specific circumstances.

The Supreme Court has ruled that these restrictions on time, place, and manner are permissible so long as they "are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech"

Restricting the right to assemble based on the other groups that might be there might will be in violation of the tenant referenced above.

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catpillow Florida West Coast
04/10/16 7:50 pm

Ideally no, but both sides have a right to demonstrate. It's better to try to keep them apart.

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catpillow Florida West Coast
04/10/16 7:50 pm

Apart meaning opposite sides of the street, or of a barrier.

TheCameron UCF
04/10/16 7:41 pm

Who's to say violence will occur, violence is a possibility anytime a demonstration is allowed, and you can't pick and choose who gets to demonstrate.

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TheCameron UCF
04/10/16 7:42 pm

Picking and choose which viewpoints get to be demonstrated when is what would lead to violence.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/10/16 8:02 pm

Sometimes violence is certain to happen. Extreme example: both the KKK and the black panthers want to demonstrate in Central Park. It's almost certain this will turn very ugly.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/10/16 7:27 pm

I'm somewhat divided on that issue. You have the right to (peacefully) demonstrate but I wonder if possible riots, injuries, property damage and even deaths aren't too high a price to pay.