Curfew Imposed On OccupyNashville
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is imposing a nighttime curfew on the Capitol complex in response to what it calls deteriorating safety conditions surrounding anti-Wall Street protests.
The written policies make no specific exemptions from the curfew, which House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville described as an overreaction by the Republican governor.
The new policy also requires groups to submit applications to conduct rallies outside of the curfew hours that will include use fees and security and liability insurance. The rules specifically ban “overnight occupancy.”
Use (see:speech) fees? Insurance? In other words, we know you’re broke and can’t afford to protest. Whatever side of the political spectrum you fall on, this is some scary stuff. This is a blatant violation of a person’s right to peaceably assemble.
What would have been the reaction if a local municipality had tried to enforce this sort of ban on a tea party protest?