When the Tea Party movement started growing, organizers had to jumped through an obstacle course of red tape to hold an event. I know of at least one event that was almost cancelled because the city requirements called for insurance due to the crowd size.
In almost every case, the government requirements were met and the rally was successfully, and peacefully, held as planned. Fast forward to today and you can see how different the Occupy America group is compared to the Tea Party, and how some governments are treating them with kid gloves:
Organizers of the Occupy Boston tent city in Dewey Square have never sought nor received any permits from the state, the city or the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, which controls the property.So this is just a matter of keeping the peace and not upsetting the crowd? Was that a problem with the Tea Party? Must not have been, because they were required to do what the law states they must do.
To avoid unrest, the Conservancy, like the city and Boston Police Department, has not booted the campers off the 1⁄2-acre plot. Conservancy chief Nancy Brennan called the makeshift campsite “an extraordinary situation” and said it would not pave the way to allow people to randomly “camp out” on the Greenway.
“In addition to supporting free speech, we’re aware that asking the protesters to leave will create conflict and significant expense,” Brennan said. “Should circumstances become unfavorable, we will work with the Boston Police Department to determine the appropriate response.”
Furthermore, the Tea Party had to pay for the electricity they used for their one day rally. THe Occupy Boston crowd is getting their provided for free via The Greenway.
As taught in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
H/T to All American Blogger