Thursday, August 28, 2008

BlueMass Takes a Trip to Freedom

Local Politics blog Blue Mass. Group is blogging from the convention in Denver. They decided to take a trek out to the designated protest area.

Here is an overhead shot of the location of the "Freedom Cage" to show you just where the protesters are allowed to express themselves.


5 comments:

Ian Thal said...

Now the question is: Do they have to fill out a request form to enter the protest cage?

Rolando Teco said...

This is unbelievable! What's the point of saying something if you're forced to say it BACKSTAGE!!!

This is ridiculous. Who's going to know any protests are taking place. The same thing happened in 2004 in Boston.

The Dems ought to be ashamed of themselves.

-Rolando Teco
(of Extra Criticum dot com)

Ian Thal said...

It occurred to me, if this is the DNC protest cage, what must the RNC protest cage be like? Stress positions? Dogs? Hoods? Orange jumpsuits?

Thomas Garvey said...

I agree, of course, about the horrific irony of the "Freedom Cage." I was among the protesters in Boston in 2004 when suddenly things began to get out of hand (a skaterboy began burning a flag - or was it an effigy? - and the riot police moved in), and I recall it was rather a frightening experience; a slowly encroaching phalanx of centurions in body armor and helmets with, of course, guns, guns, guns. The big New York protest of the Republican convention was hardly less sinister - I well recall the dozens of snipers with machine guns posted above the march, very much at the ready. The message was quite clear: one false move and you're dead. But I don't feel the Democratic party is at the root of this syndrome, needless to say, and I have to wonder: isn't protesting their convention at this point a bit counter-productive?

Ian Thal said...

I don't feel the Democratic party is at the root of this syndrome, needless to say, and I have to wonder: isn't protesting their convention at this point a bit counter-productive?

Much of it is our collective post-9/11 hyper-(as opposed to healthy)-vigilance regarding terror, coupled with police'/press'/politicians' post-1999 Seattle fear of protests.

As far as counter-productivity, there is a segment of the activist population that can do nothing but protest and have otherwise opted out of any constructive engagement with society, to a point where even measurable progress towards their stated goals is to be protested.