ACLU: Trump Administration Trying To Limit Protesters’ Rights At White House

|
October 10, 2018 8:39 a.m.

The park service is planning to close most of the sidewalk in front of the White House to protesters and to charge fees for demonstrations, according to the ACLU.

In a proposal, the park service wants to block off 20 of the 25 feet of White House sidewalk to protesters, with no stated reason.

Along with charging demonstrators for “elements that are special events” — the definition of which is unclear — the park department is considering fining protesters for damage to grass and fencing.

As the ACLU points out, the department has no such plans to fine the 45 million non-protesters who visit per year and put the landscaping through wear and tear.

The proposal also floats limitations on the right to spontaneously protest, saying that the demonstrations would only accommodated at the moment if the personnel and resources “can reasonably be made available.”

Per the ACLU, public comment on the proposal closes October 15.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30