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Occupy Tucson arrests up after police change tactics

Tucson Police arrested 34 Occupy Tucson demonstrators Tuesday night after changing their enforcement tactics to cite everyone remaining at Veinte de Agosto Park after dark, instead of allowing protesters to leave before issuing tickets to those who refuse to go.
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Nov 23, 2011, 7:54 pm
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You’re stupid. You’ve protested, you’ve been heard, now it’s over. Go home. What about the rest of the community’s right to not have their parks loaded with bums?

Nov 24, 2011, 10:46 pm
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This is over, has been for a while…

You’re not going to find a more passionate advocate of first-amendment rights than me. It’s every American’s right to make a complete ass out of himself!

However, I am just not seeing what living in the park for two months and free speech have to do with one another. The flea party shouted its disorganized and inarticulate message. We all heard it. Now we all should be moving on. The 99% of us who think the flea party are idiots already have moved on. Time for the flea party to accept reality, pack their bags, and move on to something more productive…like taking a shower.

Nov 25, 2011, 7:09 pm
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How unfortunate that the police waste time and taxpayer’s money on something as innocuous as camping in a public park. I cannot for the life of me see what public harm the protesters are doing by making an issue that really DOES encompass the majority of the population public, when the media can only snidely mention it, if at all. The protesters’ views are quite widespread, and yet the only way they have been able to gain any traction was to occupy public space. (Some later comment will have to deal with how one “occupies” what already belongs to the public, and why one should have to…..)  I just don’t see the danger in that and I just don’t see why the police is getting in such a swivet about it. I appreciate the protesters’ presence and feel honored to live in a city with people who care as much as they do.

Nov 26, 2011, 7:40 am
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First Amendment to the Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

It seems to me that any Government restricting peaceable assembly to small parcels of public space called “free speech zones” is an abridgement of both free speech and the right to peaceably assemble.

If the fine for assembling and freely speaking outside of “free speech zones” is set at $1,000, what then should be the sentence of rogue government officials who rob people of their Constitutional Rights everywhere but the ever-shrinking “Constitutional zones” arbitrarily specified by them?

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