So despite all we fought for, the objections by key city council members and our hard work to stand up for our basic rights of assembly by coming to their rigged public speak-out at One Police Plaza…the NYPD has gone ahead with redefining the parade rules. Too Bad Smolka will get to miss out on all the fun, but don’t worry, the Darth Vader of protesting will soon be replaced by an even meaner, more bald and much harsher on woman…Darth Mall.
From the New York Civil Liberties Union website
NYPD Modifies Proposed Parade Permit Rules
January 26, 2007 — In response to objections raised by the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups, the New York City Police Department has modified its proposal to expand the categories of bike and vehicle processions that would require parade permits.
In regulations originally proposed last summer, the Department sought to require police permits for sidewalk marches, any lawful street procession of 20 more bikes or vehicles, and any street procession of more than two people where any traffic law was violated. In final regulations published today the Department narrowed its proposal so that the only events requiring parade permits are roadway processions of 50 or more bikes or vehicles.
“These final rules mark a substantial improvement from the Department’s original proposal, but we believe that requiring permits for law-abiding bike rides of only 50 people is unreasonable and unnecessary,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “Changes to our City’s permit laws should be made by the City Council, not the police department.”
Added NYCLU Associate Legal Director Christopher Dunn: “We welcome the Department’s change but remain concerned about how difficult it is for groups to obtain police permits. We will closely monitor implementation of these rules.”
So basically the police compromised by not targeting all demonstrations, only the one that goes on every month and that they never had a problem with untill the RNC. Let me be the first one to say, thank you to all those who worked so hard to stop this madness, who continued to ride despite all the violence and scare tactics they threw at us. All those that suffered broken limbs and broken bikes. I would also like to give a warm congradulations to the fascist NYPD. FUCK YOU, from the bottom of my heart and see you in Brooklyn…until they decide to start stomping on us there.