Arrested for Feeding the Homeless? 5 Outrageous Government Crackdowns on Peaceful Activists
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Oberwetter sued on free speech grounds, but the appeals court ruled last week that her conduct was indeed prohibited "because it stands out as a type of performance, creating its own center of attention and distracting from the atmosphere of solemn commemoration" that Park Service regulations are designed to preserve.
The police reaction to the May protest was inappropriately harsh, as you can see in this video:
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