Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Denver, Secret Service: we really, really care that protesters are heard at the DNC. Really.

The Post:
Protesters will have ample opportunity to be heard during the Democratic National Convention, from a city-provided stage to a first-of-its-kind system to have information distributed inside the Pepsi Center, attorneys for Denver and the U.S. Secret Service said.

The city will provide two loud speakers outside the protest zone near the Pepsi Center, according to court documents. Protesters inside the fenced zone may use the amplification system, or bring their own bullhorns.

The Democratic National Convention Committee also will set up a table of leaflets and other information from protest groups "along the main thoroughfare" used by delegates and the media, the documents state.

The DNCC believes this will mark the first time in the history of any political party's convention that such an arrangement will be in place.
A table of leaflets and DVDs in the Pepsi Center lobby. Why, it's bigger than being the greenest convention ever.
The new details came as lawyers tried to defend the city of Denver and U.S. Secret Service against a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen protest groups.
Does that seem a little gratuitous?

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