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skippy the bush kangaroo



Wednesday, August 18, 2004

but, we're sure the protesters will bring plenty of their own grass

the protesters coming to new york for the repubbb convention next week have filed suit to get the city to allow them to assemble in central park. the asspress:

lawyers for the group, united for peace and justice, filed a lawsuit in state supreme court in manhattan seeking an order prohibiting the city from denying the group use of the park and finding that the denial violated the state constitution.

city officials say that the expected crowd at the aug. 29 rally, which could exceed 250,000 people, would damage the grass.

but the lawsuit noted that the park has been used in the past such gatherings as a paul simon concert attended by 750,000 people, a papal mass that drew 250,000 people and regular performances by the new york city opera and the new york philharmonic.

the constitution was violated "by discriminating on the basis of content in allowing cultural but not political events," the group claims.
the protesters had previously reached an agreement with the city to assemble near the west side highway. but then they backed out of the agreement when someone who actually lives in manhattan pointed out how crappy the west side highway really is.

meanwhile, mayor bloomberg is trying to entice "peaceful" protesters to attend the rallies, by encouraging discounts for hotel rooms, restaurants and broadway shows:

on tuesday, bloomberg announced a plan aimed at encouraging peaceful protest during the convention, offering discounts on meals at some restaurants, hotel rooms and broadway tickets.

"there is no reason we shouldn't welcome them in the same way we are welcoming the delegates and the press," bloomberg said.

protest groups said tuesday they were less than impressed with the city's attempts at hospitality. they said hotel rooms remain unreserved and theater tickets unsold because bloomberg has alarmed many potential visitors.
"what do we want?" "matinee tickets for avenue q!" "when do we want it?" "now!"
posted by skippy at 7:26 PM |

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