Should protestors be charged as
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|Thu, 04-03-2003 - 5:35am|
Some Oregon Legislators seem to think so and have proposed such in Senate Bill 742.
The bill defines a terrorist as a person who "plans or participates in an act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt" business, transportation, schools, government, or free assembly.
Critics believe this is an effort to discourage demonstrations and free speech.
Proponents believe it is necessary because of the damaging riots and disruption and money it costs cities and businesses. They cite the WTO riots.
Isn't this just an extension of FACE? Would you support the bill? Tweak the Bill? Prefer higher penalties or jail time for those who purposefully interupt the citizenry and daily life? Is there a particular problem in having to devote resources to minding these protests and guaranteeing them their 'rights' while it may endanger others rights?