They were arrested, slammed to the ground and choked last weekend. But protesters opposed to a federal judge's ruling that bans dancing inside the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in D.C. aren't backing down.
Led by Russia Today host Adam Kokesh (an Iraq war vet), the protesters plan a larger silent dance party for noon this Saturday at the memorial.
Kokesh's movement found support from a majority of this blog's readers on Monday in an unscientific poll, in which voters 2-1 said the police were wrong to arrest the protesters.
Kokesh also found support from Fox Business Network host Judge Andrew Napolitano, who described the arrests as "a scene out of 'Footloose meets the Gestapo.'"
"It looks like they're choking you to death here," Napolitano told Kokesh. "It's clear the Supreme Court has ruled that dancing is a nonviolent means of expression."
Clearly opposed to the judge's ruling, Kokesh also turned his criticism on the police officers involved.
"We were physically assaulted by some men in some blue costumes and put in a cage for a couple hours," he said. "We are not going to stand for this."
He continued: "Are you surprised that the police don't like freedom?" Kokesh added that the two main jobs of the police are to "raise revenue for the government and control the population."
He said anyone who wants to "stick it to the man" should join him at the Jefferson Memorial on Saturday.
I don't know what's more ridiculous: The judge's ruling, the bad silent dancing, the rough police tactics or the fact that it's all going to be repeated again on Saturday.
My take is this: If the protesters are having a loud dance party that prevents other people from enjoying the memorial, they should be asked to leave. If they're just silently swaying back and forth, let them stay. If the silent dancing isn't hurting anyone, it's no reason to rough someone up.
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