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poll: Should Occupy Providence be allowed to protest without a permit?

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Recently, the Boston police arrested 100 Occupy Boston protesters after they created an encampment in Dewey Square. Starting this weekend, Providence's own protest begins, but unlike previous protests Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has given the green light to Occupy Providence for their event without a permit.

Not only is there not a permit - the required portable restrooms, trash removal and police details have not been secured by the group. In Boston, the cost for police over time has exceeded more than $140,000.

Do you think the City of Providence should allow Occupy Providence to protest without a permit?

Your turn - see the report on GoLocalTV and now vote in the GoLocalProv poll.


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You need a permit to protest? Really? Permission to protest what's wrong with our current system? Something is wrong with this picture.

Comment #1 by The Green Grocer on 2011 10 15

If they are going to cost the city money that the taxpayers can't afford to spend , then they become part of the problem and not part of a solution.

Comment #2 by lyn jennings on 2011 10 15

One needs a permit to occupy public space. One needs submit a plan, to pay for police details, and supply sanitation if the event goes on for a while. One can protest here, which I do frequently, without said permit. Nobody's rights are being infringed upon by permit requirements.

Comment #3 by Michael Trenn on 2011 10 15

These people don't play by the rules yet they are protesting Wall Street not playing by the rules?????????

Comment #4 by maria sowa on 2011 10 15

They seek no order and only chaos. If they fall and injure themselves on city property they will be the first to sue and blame it on a lack of security. If someone gets assaulted while there, they will demand police protection.

Everyone else is required to get a permit, they are no different!

Comment #5 by guy smily on 2011 10 16

I think some of you should get a permit to protest the protesters who don't have a permit. What a bunch of losers! Of course I'm talking about Lyn, Micheal & Guy. I can hear it now... "uh excuse me Mayor TAVERASS here is my money so I can protest against you and the system if that's alright with you"

Comment #6 by Travis Yowley on 2011 10 16

If people just want to walk around with signs,then they shouldn't need a permit,but if they plan camping out on public property,causing traffic flow disruption,or setting a up a potentially unsanitary situation,they should get a permit because their actions then directly affect others physically.

Comment #7 by joe bernstein on 2011 10 16


Comment #8 by Fred Comella on 2011 10 16


They have a permit:

The Constitution of the United States of America.

Further, they have an obligation to speak truth to power, and in so doing begin the process of eroding the power of the ownership class.

Comment #9 by Charles Drago on 2011 10 16

Yowley: the loser is you. You have to make a pun on someone else's name to comment here. I use my real name, and I know Guy, and I've met Lyn. They are using their names as well.

Comment #10 by Michael Trenn on 2011 10 17

Its not just about walking around with signs, its about how much is this going to cost the city of providence for the extra police that will have to be detailed to watch over these protesters and the cost of clean up if there is a mess left, ect. All costs, the city nor the state can afford. So yes they should have to pay for a permit which also protect the city and the protesters. They should also have to pay for the expense it will cost for those details. Period. It should not be at the exspense of the taxpayer. so hide behind your fake name....

Comment #11 by lyn jennings on 2011 10 17

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