Unlawful county ordinance violates First Amendment for protestors

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:45

FRESNO, Kalifornia (PNN) - November 8, 2011 - For the third night in a row, protesters with “Occupy Fresno” were arrested by criminal officials for gathering in a public park, apparently in violation of a county ordinance that labeled them trespassers, despite constitutional guarantees of their rights to assemble.

At least 20 were arrested over the weekend. Nine more were led away in handcuffs on Monday night.

While they could have moved their demonstration to the sidewalks at night to avoid the arrests, they’ve steadfastly refused, equating that action with forfeiture of their constitutional right to freedom of assembly.

Facing another round of arrests on Monday night, they continued to stand firm against thug cop orders, chanting, “Hell no, we won’t go! Occupy Fresno!” and forcing officers to physically remove them.

In a video published to YouTube showing the scene Monday night, an officer in riot gear tells the small gathering of demonstrators that county ordinance requires them to leave the public area on thug cop orders, or face arrest.

One of the protesters responds by saying that if the officer would simply refuse the unlawful order and uphold the First Amendment to the Constitution, they would help him find legal representation to battle any disciplinary actions the department may take.

When that didn’t fly, the protester turned to address the crowd instead.

“Amazing, right? Isn’t that amazing?” he said. “No Constitution in Amerika. No protection for your First Amendment, constitutional right to peaceably assemble. We’re radicals because we stand here defending our constitutional right to peaceably assemble.

“Well, guess what? This country was founded by radicals who fought against the oppression of the country. This blows my mind here. I’m sorry. I’m kinda hot. I’m proud to be a radical, and I stand here with my brothers and my sisters at Occupy Fresno as an Amerikan. I’m a citizen of the Untied States of Amerika and I have a First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and air my grievances against my government!”

The ordinance in Fresno is similar to local ordinances in virtually ever municipality, city and county across the United States, which give local officials enormous power to determine how long public assemblies may last, where they may take place, or even if people can assemble at all.

Ed. Note: Nowhere in the Constitution are local officials delegated power to infringe on the freedom to assemble and redress grievances. Officials who obey such unlawful regulations are themselves criminals. It is time to overthrow all criminal government and arrest, try, convict and execute all criminal soldiers and officials, including all pig thug cops! Overthrow the criminal government! Revolution Now! Independence Forever!