Speech and Assembly

August 2, 2010

Here’s an interesting take on freedom of speech and assembly that I bet you haven’t thought about before: Mexico City.

“In our country, it is a constitutional right to demonstrate,” said Juan José García Ochoa, the leftist city government’s point man for protests. “What we can do is to mediate, so that we guarantee the right to demonstrate along with the right of free movement.”

Not exactly the freedom vacation destination that generally springs to mind. In the US, we regulate the hell out of our protests. Which raises important questions, I think, about the extent to which these freedoms are really protected in the United States.


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