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In the wake of another non-indictment for a police officer who is responsible for Eric Garner's death, New Yorkers are split on whether protesters should be allowed to demonstrate on the streets which would inevitably disrupt the city. It's a tough balance between every american's right to assembly and others who need to use the public roads to keep their lives going. Wondering if you are following the law? Check out this link explaining requirements for protests in NYC. www.nyclu.org/content/know-yo…
You mention that people who want to keep even non-violent protesters off the street do so because they want to be able to use public roads. But can we also claim that it's likely that these people want to keep non-violent protesters off the street to prevent them from turning violent (or from creating more a turbulent situation?)
Keeping protesters off the street is a dangerous precedent to set. The right to protest is absolutely key in a democracy. You don't see marches down the street of Beijing for a reason; it compromises the ability of those in authority to act with impunity. To keep protesters off the street for the sake of those that don't care about a cause enough and are just trying to get on with another day at work is not a valid reason to curb the right to peaceful assembly, especially when a legitimate grievance is being presented.