The politicians ruling the City of Cleveland are planning to turn about 3 square miles of the city (buildings, streets, parks, bridges, part of a river) into a gigantic cage fight during the Republican National Convention. The mayor and city council, Democrats all, are stacking the kindling so that any inevitable spark will ignite a conflagration. Here is how things stand today, less than 3 weeks before the convention. You’re not going to believe this.
Rather than simply granting permits in separate venues to the various groups that want to demonstrate at the Convention, the council has established an “event zone,” the infamous 3 square miles noted above. Into this zone allpermitted groups and demonstrators are to be gathered; groups ranging from professional provocateurs like Black Lives Matter to amateur supporters like Bikers For Trump.
Quasi-free speech, of sorts, will be allowed within the zone. While banning “soap boxes,” tennis balls, tape, string, rope, coolers and whatever, the city will provide a public address system – consisting of a single microphone for all of the groups. (So much for separating opposing groups within the event zone) To speak, groups must apply ahead of time for one of the five-minute approved speaking slots.
Parades will also be permitted after approval of another application. Each successful applicant will be allotted a maximum of 50 minutes along a single designated route over a bridge crossing the Cuyahoga River. A total of 18 parade permits over a four-day period are to be granted. There are already 25 applications filed, with more expected. There are no announced criteria for allocating the five-minute mic times, or the 50-minute parade times.
This is so whacked-out that the ACLU of Ohio is suing the City of Cleveland for violating protesters’ free speech rights with undue restrictions on demonstrations.
Lest you think that maybe the city fathers and mothers aren’t really trying to create a riot, consider the General Police Order issued by the City for the Convention…